Nokia has officially announced that they have removed their ‘HERE Maps’ application from the Apple App Store.
During the launch debacle of Apple Maps, when Apple unceremoniously kicked out Google Maps from iOS, many other mapping companies tried to jump in to the fray to carve their own market share. At that time, Apple was subject to a lot of ridicule by unhappy iOS users who took to Twitter and Facebook to crack many jokes at Apple’s expense.
Nokia was one of the companies that already had an excellent mapping application – ‘HERE Maps’, which was tipped to be a worthy player and competitor to the standalone Google Maps app slated to be launched by Google sooner or later. Indeed, Nokia did the expected and launched ‘HERE Maps’ on the Apple App Store shortly thereafter.
Many iOS users looking for a fresh alternative to Apple Maps were quick to try Nokia HERE Maps and the application saw an enormous amount of downloads in a very short period of time. Unfortunately, in trying to have the first mover advantage in the competition, Nokia launched a very basic app that was not as fully featured as it was on Symbian and Windows Phone. Although, it was expected that Nokia would slowly transition the app to a full blown map experience, it never really happened. Many people did complain about it and the rest happily switched over to the standalone Google Maps app as soon as it launched on the App store.
With the latest removal of HERE Maps from App store, it seems that Nokia has finally put the final nail in the coffin. You can still continue to use HERE maps through your browser by accessing the Nokia website at m.here.com.
An official and rather surprising statement from Nokia states that iOS 7 harms the user experience and cited it as the main reason for the withdrawal of the app. You can check the exact wordings below:
“We have made the decision to remove our HERE Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS 7 harm the user experience. iPhone users can continue to use the mobile web version of HERE Maps under m.here.com, offering them core location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information and more, all completely free of charge.”
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