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POV: What Nokia can learn from Google Maps? Enabling smartphone users to report & add places

Nokia vs GoogleThe title mayn’t sound outrageous to those, who have used both Google and HERE Maps and have ever tried to report or add a place on their smartphones. We have shared our in-depth comparison of Google and HERE Maps on Android and HERE emerged winner with flying colors, when it comes to UI, offline capability, navigation quality etc.

But, when it comes to reporting a wrongly marked place or missing road on the map, or even when trying to add a new place, it is not at all possible to do so on “HERE Maps”, using a smartphone. On the other hand Google provides option of reporting a mapping issue or adding a missing place directly from your smartphone, unlike HERE, which asks you to go to HERE website to add places.

Google Maps screenshot on the left shows, how you can add a place from your smartphone and the second screenshot tells you the HERE story. The expectation that smartphone users will go to HERE website to report a place looks bit misplaced. So, while HERE has dedicated team to take care of regular update of Maps data, the contribution that growing HERE smartphone users community can make, largely remains untapped, with current “report a place” option. If enabled, smartphone users can help immensely in enriching the Maps data, especially in the regions where HERE Maps data still needs improvement.

We have already reached to HERE team with our feedback and hope they bring better “reporting” features to all HERE apps soon.

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  • While you can’t add to HERE Drive(+) POV database, I have been very successful in adding POV to HERE via the HERE Explore app.
    Don’t the two HERE apps use the same POV database?

    • oh, forgot to mention that I have even use HERE Explore to notify Nokia that POV’s have changed or closed.
      Each time I have done any addition or change to the POVs I have received an automated email from the “Nokia Location Feedback Team” letting me know that they will research the addition/change and update their database as appropriate.

      Thank you for your valuable input with HERE Apps in the past. You’ve helped our team improve HERE Apps tremendously.

      Today we regret to inform you that the current HERE Feedback Panel will come to an end due to Microsoft’s upcoming acquisition of Nokia’s Devices & Services business – please note that your email address will promptly be removed from the panel database.

      To stay informed about HERE Apps, please check out the HERE Three Sixty blog ( or follow us on Twitter @HERE

      HERE Feedback Panel ”
      So while you can not add a POV inside of Drive, you can certainly update their shared database via the more appropriate HERE Explore app which is their POV app.