Nokia thinks everyone should be able to navigate without an active internet connection, and it’s planning on taking matters into its own hands to make sure people can do just that.
As the Wall Street Journal reported today, Nokia is working on new map apps for both iOS and Android devices. The apps would attempt to one-up Google Maps and Apple’s own proprietary Maps app by using downloadable maps that still offer most functions — including the ability to search — even when the devices using them aren’t connected to the internet.
Even better, the apps will be free to download and devoid of ads, at least at launch. Instead, Nokia plans on using the data generated by the apps to help make its location engine better.
As the WSJ points out, Nokia has ventured into maps in the past and fared poorly, but if the company can deliver on what it’s promising, these could be the first products in quite some time with the ability to make people sit up and take notice of what Nokia is doing.
No release dates have been announced yet, but the new apps are expected to be available by the end of 2014.