Nokia Yanks Its HERE Maps From App Store


Nokia’s HERE mapping app has been available in Apple’s App Store since the problematic launch of Apple Maps with iOS 6 last summer. But due to “recent changes in iOS 7’, Nokia has pulled HERE indefinitely.

Here’s what Nokia PR had to say:

“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, offering them location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information and more, all completely free of charge.”

What exactly “harms the user experience” in iOS 7 remains unknown, but it could also be that Nokia was displeased with HERE itself. “Before it was pulled from Apple’s App Store, Here Maps was a buggy app,” reports the Indian Express. “We tested the app on three Apple devices and it was unusable on all of them.”

Nokia used the same mapping data used by most car navigation systems to power HERE, and the app had features like offline caching and transit directions.

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