HERE for iOSNokia has just released its HERE Maps Android app in Beta to Google Play store. It is certainly a great news and will enable all Android users to take advantage of the best mapping app for Android (Read our Google vs HERE Maps app shootout here).

With HERE Maps Android app, you can use your Android device to navigate (real) offline in as many as 118 countries. Nokia released the HERE Beta to Samsung Galaxy store on October 8 and for all Android devices on October 21. HERE Beta has amassed almost 1 million downloads before even coming to Google Play store.

Your device should be running Android 4.1 or higher for being able to install HERE Maps Android app. If you already have HERE Beta running on your Android device, you don’t need to uninstall it as, the Google Play Store will itself notify for the update.

Nokia has just informed that HERE for Android is now available for many tablets, including the Nexus 7; an update to the app is rolling out to Google Play.

In case you can’t access Google Play store for some reason, you can download the latest APK from here.

HERE Maps Android app Description & Features:

Here’s to finding your way no matter where you are. Here’s to embracing the world around you and daring to explore new places without fear of getting lost. Here’s to having the confidence to live your life, because you know exactly where you’re going.HERE allows you to search, navigate or get directions around the world — even without an Internet connection. Simply save our interactive maps to your phone or tablet and they’ll continue to work for you offline, wherever you are.

With HERE you’ll have a map for every moment. Find restaurants and shops in your area and make spontaneous plans with your friends by sharing your location privately via Glympse. Or prepare for a future trip by personalising maps with all the places you’d like to explore as soon as you arrive. You can even check out ratings and reviews from Trip Advisor, Lonely Planet and more.

Wherever you travel by car, you’ll have offline access to world-class navigation with turn-by-turn voice directions. You’ll even get live traffic and public transport information, so you can always find the quickest way.

Here’s how you can experience your world in new, exciting ways:
• Always know where you’re going: Turn-by-turn drive and walk voice guidance even without an Internet connection.
• Maps that always work for you: Interactive maps of more than 100 countries that you can save and continue to use offline.
• Choose the fastest transport option: Integrated public transport maps, directions and information for more than 800 cities in more than 40 countries.
• Avoid delays: Real-time traffic and road closure information in more than 40 countries around the world.
• Plan trips before you go: Personalise maps from your phone or and store all the places you’d like see for when you get there.
• Meet friends here and there: Glympse lets you share your location and what time you’ll get there by SMS or email.

Play Store link