Nokia has removed its HERE Maps application from the iOS App Store. The app, which proved popular when Apple first removed the default Google Maps application from iOS in iOS 6, has been pulled from the App Store due to changes in iOS 7.
Here’s what Nokia had to say to The Indian Express about the situation:
“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 location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information and more, all completely free of charge.”
Nokia did not expand on the statement above, leading to the obvious question of how exactly iOS 7 harms the user experience. As with any new software version, there have been bugs and with iOS 7′s dramatic departure from previous versions, there have been more this year than ever before. However, Apple seeds beta versions of its software for a reason – so that developers can ensure that their apps are functional before the final version of the software launches.
HERE Maps was reported to have been extremely buggy, to an almost unusable extent, before it was pulled. Perhaps Nokia just didn’t want to update the app for iOS 7.
I’m not sure how many people continued to use HERE Maps on iOS, particularly after Google Maps launched and since Apple Maps have improved, but the service can still be accessed online via a browser but offline caching will no longer be available.
Let us know why you think Nokia pulled HERE Maps. An excuse to avoid updating, was the app too buggy or was it that the user-base was too small to maintain development?