MSFTnerd is reporting some potential huge news for Nokia and its HERE platform.
In the coming months, Bing Maps web & WinRT apps will be replaced with HERE Maps. Bing app for iOS & Android will open the HERE app as well.
The Bing search service for Windows 8.1 is being updated to use the upcoming WinRT HERE Maps app as well. Expected to launch late September.
If true, Nokia’s HERE platform will be integrated to a OS that at the moment gathers similar market share to 3 previous Mac OS X versions all combined and will no doubt keep growing as the new version is being adopted. So far Microsoft has been pulling its map data from HERE, but the branding and the front end being Nokia would be quite a change.
Just month before the rumored release of Nokia’s RT tablet, Nokia looks to increase its involvement on the platform.