HERE for Android beta is a brilliant stand-alone app, but you'll get even more out of it when you start using www.here.com and syncing Collections. And getting to grips with Collections on your Android smartphone couldn't be easier.
You'll need to create a HERE account if you want to get the most out of HERE for Android, letting you share content and Collections between different devices.
Viewing existing Collections or setting up new ones on your Android phone is really simple: Just tap the star button at the top right of the screen to open the Collections menu, and then either select from your existing groups or click the circular + button at the top right to create a new one.
When it comes to new Collections, simply give it a name and press OK, and your latest Collection will be good to go. When you see somewhere you want to add, simply tap and press 'Collect' on the places information drawer, and then tick the Collection you want to add it to. It really is that easy.
If you already have existing Collections, you'll find them automatically there when you log in, making it easy to find your old haunts and favourite hangouts.
Sharing your favourite places
HERE for Android also makes it possible to share places so other people can meet up with you, see where you've been or you can simply just let them know where you are and what you're up to.
When you tap a particular item in your Collections, you'll be offered two choices: Manage, and Share. Tap the latter and you can choose to share using email, other social networks, or via Glympse. Pick the Glympse option, and you can set the duration of the tracking, along with a message for your recipients.
Choose 'Share using...' and you'll be able to select from a huge variety of choices, including Bluetooth, OneDrive, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Twitter, Mail, Google+ or even via PDF.
Once you've picked a recipient and means of sharing, your friends will receive the exact location, along with a link, on www.here.com making it easier than ever if they want to find you.
Using Collections for route planning
Collections are also a brilliant means of travel planning, letting you look up the places on here.com that you most want to go, and finding them again with ease when you’re out and about, with turn-by-turn directions on your Android smartphone.
Once you’ve logged into here.com, it’s easy to browse different places, finding points of interest that could really make your holiday a once in a lifetime experience. And when you’ve found somewhere you want to visit, simply click on the on the address or on the place name to see more details and finally click on ‘Collect’ to save it.
The next time you use HERE for Android, simply open your Collections and look for the latest additions; all you’ll need to do then is select one of the destinations and tap the big arrow button on the right-hand side to get turn-by-turn directions.