Nokia extends HERE services to all Windows 8 phones

Nokia extends HERE services to all Windows 8 phones
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Nokia is making its HERE location services and apps available on all Windows 8 users from today.

It has also announced the launch of two affordable smartphones to add to its Nokia Lumia smartphone portfolio at Mobile World Congress today.

The low priced, high spec Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 will debut in China and are expected to launch in the UK in the second quarter of this year.

The manufacturer said it is also planning to roll out HERE, its location apps and services, to more Windows Phones and hinted at new partnerships and initiatives.

‘The momentum behind Nokia is gathering pace,’ Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said. ‘By offering better experiences at a more affordable price we are reinventing the battle for affordable mobile devices, and Nokia has the building blocks to win.”

When it launches, the new Lumia 520 will be Nokia’s most affordable Windows Phone - but sporting some of the same technology, such as camera lens and touch display, found in the higher spec Lumias.

The phone comes with a four-inch display, a five-megapixel camera, and is available in five colour options.

The Lumia 720 comes in five colours, features a 4.3-inchClearBlack WVGA display, a fast f/1.9 Carl Zeiss lens on the primary camera, and a front-facing camera capable of recording 720p HD videos on a wide-angle lens, making it ideal for group photos and video conferencing.

Nokia also announced that its location services and accompanying free apps - now called HERE Maps, HERE Drive and HERE Transit - are available from today on the Windows Phone store to all Windows Phone 8 users in the UK as well as the US, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Previously these were only available to Lumia models. The apps offer features including offline mapping, voice-guided navigation, speed limit warnings, venue maps, place reviews and train schedules.

Nokia also announced developers will now have access to Nokia’s location, imaging and music services and announced a new partnership with DreamWorks Animation for ‘entertainment experiences’ that will be exclusive to Lumia phones.

The manufacturer said Nokia and Microsoft are teaming up to increase their smartphone drive into the workplace, with major networks including EE and Vodafone pledging to promote Lumia models in the enterprise zone.

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