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Nokia pulls HERE Maps from App Store over iOS 7 changes

updated 05:39 am EST, Fri December 27, 2013

Claims iOS 7 harmed user experience, introduced bugs to mapping application

Nokia has pulled its HERE Maps app for iOS from the App Store, due to changes in iOS 7. A company spokesperson advised that the latest iteration of the Apple mobile operating system had harmed "the user experience" of the app, promoting the withdrawal from the store, though iOS users will still be able to access Nokia's maps through a browser.

Speaking to the Indian Express, the spokesperson said "We have made the decision to remove our HERE Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS7 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." The report also claims to have found the app to have bugs and errors on multiple OS devices in testing.



The app launched in November 2012 as an alternative to Apple Maps and Google Maps, with it gaining popularity after Apple Maps suffered a number of issues. Even though Microsoft is attempting to acquire Nokia's mobile device business and a number of other connected items, HERE Maps will remain under the ownership and control of Nokia itself, with Microsoft signing a ten-year license for the software.



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  1. pairof9s

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    Joined: 01-03-08

    Lame excuse...admit that you serve a new master and leave it at that. Nokia IS Microsoft.

  1. msuper69

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    Joined: 01-16-00

    Um, didn't they get any notice that iOS 7 was coming?
    Did their developers just sit around and all of a sudden discover the app looks/works crappy on iOS 7.
    Nokia apparently doesn't understand how software development works.

  1. TomMcIn

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    Joined: 12-21-01

    Just tried it at m.here.com and thinking it needs work. The satellite views have inconsistent resolutions and the interface to the Driving direction is ugly. The red route line hardly shows up on a satellite view - OK on just the map. If the iOS version was like the web version - no big loss.

  1. DiabloConQueso

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    Joined: 06-11-08

    I'd like to hear specifics on the features and restrictions that apparently prevented them from delivering an acceptable user experience.

    As for now, though, pairof9s and msuper69 hit the nail on the head -- this sounds like one, big, smoke-screen, distraction-ish excuse.

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