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Location Services


Integrate location features into your apps with online/offline capabilities, beautiful pre-built UIs and personalization options

Enhance apps with rich maps and location context

Consumers and businesses today demand smart, immersive apps to help them move in more efficient ways.

By integrating HERE SDK into your apps, you can give users advanced location services that support their journeys: customized maps, truck routing, in-car navigation, a map designed for fleets, historical traffic patterns and beyond.
Available for both iOS and Android, HERE SDK comes in four editions:

  • Lite Edition: quick way to integrate location features and customized maps into applications built for devices with limited ROM capabilities and rendering needs.
  • Explore Edition: access to a smooth map experience and highly performant map rendering tailored for high-end devices, with features such as multiple map view instances, controlling draw order of map layers, 3D camera control and integrated tool chain for map customization
  • Navigate Edition: access to all the features that come with the Explore Edition plus turn-by-turn navigation capabilities.
  • Premium Edition - Maintenance mode only: the most feature rich SDK; provides everything found in the previous packages, plus access to offline capabilities and other location features such as navigation for cars, trucks and pedestrians; electronic horizon, toll cost calculation, advanced data sets like speed limits, inclines, curvature, and more.


HERE Premium SDK (3.x) is superseded by new 4.x SDK variants and the Premium SDK will be maintained until 31 December 2022 with only critical bug fixes and no feature development / enhancements.

Current users of the HERE Premium SDK (3.x) are encouraged to migrate to Lite, Explore or Navigate HERE SDK (4.x) variants based on licensed use cases before 31 December 2022. Most of the Premium SDK features are already available in the new SDK variants.

Onboarding of new customers for Premium SDK is not possible.





Features and Capabilities

Feature Description

Provide just-in-time navigation

Just-in-time navigational instructions with visual and audible notifications, available for a variety of transport modes. Enhance the journey with dynamic information such as signposts and lanes.

Offline mode for seamless navigation

Allow users to browse maps, look for places and navigate to a location – even without a data connection. A hybrid engine renders vector map data directly on the device.

Vector maps available worldwide

Available in over 190 countries and 60 languages, HERE vector maps are small in data size. This minimizes latency and provides fast response times, while still scaling to a high degree of fidelity.

Various styles and schemes

Use maps specifically designed for mobile environments that come in a variety of schemes: normal, terrain, pedestrian, transit, traffic, navigation and more.

User Interface Templates

Reduce development time by customizing UI controls such as colors and dimensions, and refine behavior such as logic, flow and subcomponents.

Map customization

Easily highlight important objects on a map by changing colors and icons, as well as edit properties of map objects such as buildings, roads and land.

Electronic Horizon for mobile

Translate map information with detailed road characteristics into actionable data – right on a mobile device. Provide meaningful insights into the road ahead, including curvature, approaching stop signs, speed limits and more.

3D iconic landmarks

Place 3D objects on rendered maps and let users explore landmarks and surroundings before they start their journey.

Advanced Fleet Telematics features

Integrate advanced custom locations, data sets and toll cost calculations into your apps with our Fleet Telematics services, which are seamlessly integrated into HERE SDK.

Integrate Indoor Maps Load, show and interact with private venues on the map

Feature comparison for the HERE SDK

SDK Features
Lite Edition
Explore Edition
(Android & iOS)
Navigate Edition
(Android & iOS)
Link to developer documentation  
Map View        
Vector Map Tiles Exposed as Map Scheme
Satellite Map Tiles
Exposed as Map Scheme
Map Customization (Style Editor)
Traffic Incident Data  
Traffic Flow Data Not in Japan
3D Landmarks      


Geocoder & Search        
Online Search
Online One Box Search  
Forward Geocoding  
Reverse Geocoding  
Auto Suggestions  
Offline Geocoding      
Offline Reverse Geocoding      
Offline Search
Offline One Box Search      
Geocoder Autocomplete  
Batch Forward Geocoding  
Batch Reverse Geocoding  


Routing & Guidance        
Online Car (Traffic enabled)
Routing Only Routing Only Routing + Navigation  
Online Truck (Traffic enabled) Routing Only Routing Only Routing + Navigation  
Online Scooter & Motorcycle (Traffic enabled) Routing Only Routing Only Routing + Navigation  
Online Bicycle Routing Only Routing Only Routing + Navigation  
Online Pedestrian
Routing Only Routing Only Routing + Navigation  
Offline Car     Routing + Navigation  
Offline Truck     Routing + Navigation  
Offline Scooter & Motorcycle     Routing + Navigation  
Offline Bike     Routing + Navigation  
Offline Pedestrian
    Routing + Navigation  
Online Isoline Routing Routing Only Routing Only Routing + Navigation  
Public Transit Routing Routing Only Routing Only Routing Only  


Rendering Private Venues      


Online Positioning (WiFi & AGPS)      
HD GNSS      


Toll Costs      
Destination Weather


Speed Limit      
Safety Camera      


Commercial Vehicle Regulations (CVR)
Speed Limit Adaptation      
Drive Restrictions      



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