Welcome to the Developer's Guide for the HERE SDK for Android, version (Navigate Edition). Here you can find all necessary information to start building immersive location-aware apps today!

Why Use the HERE SDK for Android?

The new HERE SDK for Android enables you to build powerful map applications. Bundled along with it are many HERE assets, available on Android for customers to integrate with their own apps. It consumes data from the HERE platform incorporating microservices and highly modularized components. The HERE SDK for Android belongs to the HERE SDK product family, which also includes the HERE SDK for iOS and the HERE SDK for Flutter which allows cross platform development for iOS and Android from a single codebase.

  • Backed by more than 30 years of expertise in mapping technology, the new lightweight HERE SDK for Android provides you with instant access to the freshest map data of the highest quality, consistency and accuracy.
  • Build captivating native applications and benefit from one of the world’s most accurate and interactive map data that is captured via a comprehensive and precise industrial process with the HERE True vehicles.
  • Explore maps that are fast and smooth to interact with, pan/zoom across map views of varying resolutions, and enable the display of various elements such as routes and POIs on highly customizable map views.

What is the Best Edition for Me?

We have made the HERE SDK for iOS and Android available in three different editions:

  1. Lite Edition
  2. Explore Edition
  3. Navigate Edition

While each edition provides a tailored map experience, the main difference between these editions is the integration of a different map renderer.

  • Lite Renderer (available only for the Lite Edition): This light-weighted map renderer is less resource-hungry and provides support for a vast amount of mobile devices while still being able to show beautifully looking and highly customizable maps. Choose the Lite Edition when you want to run your app on as much devices as possible and a smooth performance is important for you even on older low-end devices.
  • HERE Rendering Engine (available only for the Explore Edition and the Navigate Edition): The HERE Rendering Engine offers visually appealing true 3D maps that provide a smooth map experience and highly performant map rendering tailored for high-end devices. Benefit from premium features such as multiple map view instances, an integrated tool chain for map customization, full 3D camera control and seamless map scheme switches. Choose the Explore Edition or the Navigate Edition when you want to benefit from the best looking maps and support for older devices is less critical for you.

In comparison to the Explore Edition, the Navigate Edition provides additional premium features such as turn-by-turn navigation.


For now, the Navigate Edition is only available upon request. Please contact your HERE representative to receive access including a set of evaluation credentials.

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