Samsung navigates away from Google with Here maps for Galaxy phones

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Google Maps may be one of the undeniable strengths of the Android platform, however Samsung has decided to offer an alternative in the form of Nokia’s Here maps. A beta version of Here for Android will be made available exclusively for Samsung Galaxy devices when the newly announced Gear S smartwatch arrives in stores. The Gear S will include Here turn-by-turn pedestrian navigation and will be able to sync its routes with compatible handsets. The partnership bringing Here to Samsung’s Android smartphones is just an extension of the same licensing agreement that provides the mapping functionality on the Korean company’s Tizen-powered smartwatch.

Google and Samsung’s relationship has been growing increasingly fractious in recent times….

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