Nokia sold off its mobile devices and services division to Microsoft last year, but a remaining piece of the company was still building HERE Maps for Windows Phone devices. Now, that segment is going to focus on larger platforms such as iOS and Android instead of continuing to aggressively build for Windows Phone, the firm revealed in a recent interview with The Next Web. Hopefully you like Bing Maps.
“As a result of the transaction, we’re having to wind down our Windows Phone app development and shift it over towards Android and iOS,” Nokia senior vice president Sean Fernback told TNW, referring to those mobile operating systems as “common platforms.” The move isn’t much of a surprise, at least if you consider that Nokia probably wants its maps on the most-used platforms today; Microsoft Windows Phone still has just a fraction of the userbase that Windows Phone has. Nokia’s HERE unit also recently launched an Android app for Samsung smartphones, which will launch in October and will also work with Samsung’s Gear S smartwatch.
Fernback explained that simply winding down Windows Phone development doesn’t mean it’s giving Microsoft a cold shoulder. “It’s a dialogue we’re having with Microsoft, so we will see where it takes us,” he said.