Turn-by-turn navigation with HERE for Android: The basics

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HERE for Android offers brilliantly simple, yet sophisticated mapping for owners of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and you can read all about the app here . It’s also possible to get turn-by-turn directions courtesy of the built-in Drive mode, and it couldn’t be easier to get started. Read on to find out all you need to know.

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To get started driving, open the HERE app and tap the menu button in the top left corner of the screen. You’ll be offered a host of different options – from Maps to Collections, with the second one down being Drive. Tap it, and you’ll see the view switch from 2D to 3D, with a search bar and several large arm-length-friendly buttons below. Landscape view is also available when you switch to Drive mode.

Those buttons are Recent, Customise, Settings and Show, with all options doing exactly what they say. If you know how to get to your destination and you just want to get going, just start your car and the HERE app will show you where you are and what roads lie ahead. Tapping the ‘Show’ button lets you highlight traffic conditions on the roads around you, with different colours showing up depending on local congestion.

If you want voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation tap the ‘Set destination’ search bar, and type the address or name of the place you want to navigate to.

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You’ll be shown an overview of the route and traffic conditions, and can simply hit ‘Start’ to get turn-by-turn directions. To stop navigation at any point, hit the back button on your smartphone.

Customising maps and menus

For a more personal experience, tap the customise button, and you’ll be able to change the additional information you see onscreen – including distance travelled, time remaining and the direction you’re traveling in. Click the ‘Navigation’ tab, and further options include your estimated arrival time and likely traffic delay.

There are also plenty of things you can change on the map itself, by heading into the Settings menu. Tap the button, and you’ll be offered everything from map and route options to speed limit warnings and voice options, helping you to create the ideal navigation experience for your needs.

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You can even make changes to audio settings; from the Drive settings page, tap ‘Voice options’ and then ‘Navigation voice’ to see more comprehensive options. Tap ‘Manage voices’ and then sign into your HERE account (you can also sign in using your Facebook account) to download higher quality directions, or simply tap ‘Regular’ and select the language or location that best suits your needs. Once you’ve selected the one you want and it finishes downloading, it’ll install automatically.

All-in-all, the HERE app really couldn’t be much easier to get to grips with, and it’s just as good a driving companion on Android as it is on Windows Phone.

Interested in downloading the HERE beta for Android? It’s available from the Samsung Galaxy Apps Store app installed on compatible handsets.

Read the first part of our getting started series, if you missed it. 

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