Nishtha KanalDec 28, 2013 10:13:54 IST
Nokia’s Here Maps has been pulled from Apple’s iOS App Store and it looks like the blame lies with the iOS 7 redesign. Nokia has blamed the changes that came along with the iOS update as “harming” user experience. The maps app disappeared from the store earlier this month.
The Indian Express has reported that a Nokia spokesperson confirmed that the app had indeed been pulled off the Apple App Store. In a statement to the publication, the spokesperson said, “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.”
Pulled off the App Store
He went on to add that iOS users would still be able to use Here Maps, although not in the way they were used to. “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,” the spokesperson said. To CNET, a spokesperson said that the company did not wish to blame Apple for the debacle. “The app simply was not optimised for iOS 7, so we decided to remove it,” she said.
The Here Maps made its debut amidst much fanfare in November 2012 and was competing directly with Apple’s own Maps service that it launched with iOS 6 and later with Google Maps’ standalone iOS app. The Here Maps has been an ambitious project with Nokia since a while now, especially with the Finnish company vying to make it a service that can be accessed by iOS and Android devices too. However, it looks like the iOS 7 redesign has thrown Nokia’s ambitious ideas into a tizzy.
The app, when available on iOS, was thought to be “buggy” and would reportedly freeze on all Apple devices. Nokia’s future plans regarding Here Maps for iOS don’t seem to be clear as yet, but the company would want to work on making the app iOS 7-friendly soon.