Nokia removes HERE Maps app from Apple's store; claims iOS 7 harms the experience

In November 2012, Nokia announced HERE, their expanded effort to bring the company's mapping technology and services to other platforms besides Windows Phone. That included releasing a HTML5-based version of HERE Maps for Apple's iOS devices. Now Nokia has quietly removed that version from Apple's App Store.

The removal was first spotted and reported by the Indian Express and when the site asked Nokia for comment, it received this statement from a spokesperson:

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 core location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information and more, all completely free of charge.

The fact that Nokia has now decided to ditch the iOS app, rather than release updates, is a bit surprising considering that back in November 2012, the company released the following statement on their goal for HERE Maps:

 ... we are opening it up to all devices and operating systems to give everyone, with any type of device, the possibility to recognize and the ability to use the best location platform in the world.

The company will be keeping their HERE Maps business even after it completes the deal to sell its Devices and Services division to Microsoft in the first quarter of 2014.

Source: Indian Express via NokiaPowerUser | Image via Nokia

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Is there still any hope of an Android app? HERE Maps + Drive are the only things I miss from Windows Phone, and none of the free apps I've tried on Google Play can hold a candle to it (Navfree's probably the best alternative).

I never tried this on iOS, but I read that it was especially buggy from release with little to no updates to address the bugs anyway.

I don't think Nokia wants to devote resources away from WP.

JHBrown said,
This sounds like one of Jay Leno's jokes ^. I'm turning the channel.

i can already imagine the joke consists of the words "pulling out", "harm" and "experience".

I bet almost no one used it and it was buggy as hell. The UI is terrible too. Nokia can use their resources better in their pursuit for a come back.

Jundor said,
I bet almost no one used it and it was buggy as hell. The UI is terrible too. Nokia can use their resources better in their pursuit for a come back.

comeback lol. They are a networking company now

I used this but it was far inferior to windows phone version and they literally never published a single update to it, it won't be missed

Yes, definitely. That's why Microsoft is removing Skype, Office, Xbox Smartglass, Photosynth, remote desktop, and Bing apps from the iOS store as well. /s

Ah, I see... The non-specific form of "harms" where the company doesn't go into details, even if that would make their decision more understandable... Makes 100% sense. If pressured, they'll probably bring up some ridiculous reason.

Sounds like an order from above to me. If iOS 7 is good enough for Google Maps which everyone is compared to, it should be good enough for them. They haven't offered any special Earth shattering features in the past on iOS 6 anyway.

Translation: No one wants to play with our toy. We are taking our maps and going home.

Apple and Google maps are fine on IOS.

They are a bit vague about how iOS 7 "harms" the user experience. I think this is probably just a result of lack of resources and not getting many users. They probably made the right decision, but gave the wrong reason.

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