For years, Google Maps has been a compelling reason to own an Android device, but it's not the only mobile navigation service out there worth your time. Nokia's HERE service has built a name for itself, attracting users thanks to its presence on competing platforms and a number of strengths, such as the ability to store maps for offline viewing/navigation and the presence of data in countries Google essentially considers the middle of nowhere.

HERE previously came to Android as a Samsung exclusive, but when a beta APK appeared a couple months later, it was safe to sideload on other devices. Now the app is available directly on Google Play, where it's easily accessible for your smartphones, Samsung and non-Samsung alike.

The app is available in 118 countries, with new support for places such as Burkina Faso, Iraq, Libya, and Paraguay. Some locations, such as Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, have just partial coverage, as all of the roads have not yet been mapped out. Depending on your needs, HERE is worth checking out in the US as well.

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Before you get started, be sure to take a look at our in-depth hands-on.

Source: HERE blog