Nokia quietly pulled its HERE Maps service from Apple’s App Store earlier this month, blaming changes introduced with iOS 7 that the company claims “harm the user experience.” The app is still available on Windows Phone and online for desktop and mobile browsers.
“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,” Nokia told The Indian Express. “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.”
HERE Maps first launched in the App Store in Nov. 2012, attempting to offer a replacement for the poorly received Apple Maps service introduced with iOS 6. However, improvements to Apple’s own app and the release of a new Google Maps iOS app soon made it hard for Nokia’s competing service to gain any real traction in the iOS ecosystem. Recently, HERE had reportedly grown increasingly buggy, likely motivating Nokia to pull the application rather than invest more time and money in the iOS iteration.
Once Microsoft acquires Nokia’s mobile division, HERE will be one of the Finnish company’s few remaining businesses. In a statement to The Next Web, a Nokia representative said the company is “considering their options for iOS,” while also working on separate apps for Android, Firefox OS and Tizen.