One of the best alternatives to Google Maps could be changing hands. Nokia has announced that it is reviewing its HERE mapping business and may even consider selling it off. Nokia’s HERE Android app has currently been downloaded over 1 million times in the Google Play Store. It’s still far behind the 1 billion downloads of the Google Maps app, but it’s still one of the better alternatives.
Nokia also has announced plans to acquire Alcatel-Lucent for $16.6 billion. Alcatel is the maker of many low to mid-range Android devices and accessories. We’ve covered their devices at trade shows in the past, but they don’t usually make much noise past that. The deal is mainly to solidify Nokia’s goal to become a major provider of networking equipment.
Have you ever used HERE Maps? Do you care about Alcatel being bought by Nokia?