Nokia has decided to yank its Here navigation app from Apple’s App Store because it claims iOS 7 “harms the user experience of HERE.” This decision is eerily close to the deadline Apple gave to developers in making their apps iOS 7 compatible by February 1. Nokia says users can still use it via the mobile edition of the service.
“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.”
We don’t have any clue to what Nokia’s real motivation is behind removing HERE Maps completely from the App Store. However, one can surmise that Microsoft may have something to do with this decision. Regardless, this is not a good look when you’re a company trying to appease your user base — it comes off as smug and lazy. If I were a user of this service, I’d be pissed about this development.
Who out there uses the HERE Maps app on your iPhone?