HERE Maps initially came about as a lame attempt at competing with Google Maps for the field of mobile apps for maps and geolocation. Recently, they’ve pivoted by offering distinct content by focusing their interface to provide a solution for a single specific user need: explain how to arrive to a destination and which is the best way to get there. Along the way, they’ve totally revamped the app to the point where changing its branding to HERE WeGo means a major declaration of will.

When opening up the app, you’ll soon be presented with a striking visual mapping system with 3D buildings and minimalist geometric patterns. As soon as you start exploring functionalities, you’ll see that everything is centered on taking you where you want to go and offering you the best information with as many details as possible. If you type in an address for your final destination, you’ll soon see all the options on how to get there, either by walking, in your own vehicle, or by using public transport. It’s surprisingly well informed, actually calculating the amount of time it’ll take you to get to the nearest bus stop, which bus route are available and your expected wait time. Obviously, all of these services depend on the mass transit system availability in your city, but in this case we’ve had great results after using the app.

Furthermore, HERE WeGo could easily act as a GPS system for drivers, offering a navigation mode where you’ll receive directions as you move along your suggested route. Designed with practicality in mind, this app won’t let you down when trying to make your way around an unknown area. It even has the option to locally download maps for the places you’re interested in, as well as the much appreciated data saving feature that uses the most possible information from your local hard drive without connecting to the internet thereby saving you tons on data.

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Still not enough? It’s undeniably difficult to compete with giants like Google, but HERE WeGo offers a lot of complimentary features including extensive information for major interest points, monuments, restaurants, hotels, info points, ATMs, etc. that truly give GoogleMaps a run for its money. At the end of the day when it comes to choosing between one service and another it really depends on each users individual preferences and needs.

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