Nokia yanks Here Maps from the App Store, iOS 7 'harms the user experience'

In the early days of Apple Maps, and when there was no Google Maps as we know it now, Nokia swooped in and shipped Here Maps for iOS. Nokia has been doing quality mapping software for some time, but now, that time has come to an end with Here Maps being yanked from the App Store. Why? Nokia had this to say to Engadget:

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

iOS 7 harms the user experience? Without any further detail, this particular statement is pretty puzzling. It had become pretty buggy in recent times, but then, that's why Apple releases developer betas of new software builds. So developers can test and update their apps. Maybe, Nokia just didn't fancy updating Here Maps for iOS 7?

If you were a big Here Maps user, then you can still get your fix using Safari on your iPhone or iPad, but naturally you'll no longer be able to cache offline areas. Fortunately, you're in good hands because both Apple Maps and Google Maps are available, and neither one is harmed by iOS 7.

So, what do you make of this? Nokia making excuses to pull their app? Or perhaps you were using it under iOS 7 and noticed something detrimental happening within the app? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Engadget

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chrl98 says:

Never used HERE Maps, mostly use Apple/Google Maps.

zdn1042 says:

Not really a big loss for me. Google Maps user here.

kch50428 says:

'here' maps itself is an affront to the user experience... No loss.

rogifan says: doesn't seem to have any problems developing apps for iOS 7. Do any iOS users even use Nokia's app?

Ides of Buster says:

Weird. Perhaps it's Ballmer's last insane act of defiance against iOS.

benjitek says:

What is 'Here Maps'? ;-) lol

Fit24 says:

I've never heard of Here Maps and never used it.

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iGeneration4 says:

The excuse please the one that says it...

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The Reptile says:

Here (Maps) today,
Gone tomorrow.

I wonder what Microsoft wants to be when they grow up.

inurear says:

I am pretty certain that Microsoft didn't buy the mapping services from the Nokia acquisition. As well, Nokia's mapping services includes "NavTeq" which supplies 80%+ of all transportation information in the world.

the Here maps app, is a front end. but the back end of all traffic data (including google maps) is most certainly Nokia.

So you may scoff at how little you experienced "Here" maps, the truth is, when you receive real traffic, valid directions, and fastest route information -- you are likely using it anyways.

Linda Alli says:

Never even heard of it. No loss Here!!

Alberto Espinal1 says:

Microsoft please if you can't beat them, join them! Don't be stupid!!

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Dev from tipb says:

Reasonable users can disagree about the UI conventions of iOS 7. (Some I love, and some I hate.)

Users get this luxury of ignoring platforms whose UI conventions offend them. Developers at for-profit companies, especially at struggling for-profit companies, do not. If iOS made your eyes leak blood with every glance and shocked your puppy with every double tap, but Here Maps still fit company interests, they would make it.

It does not, either because it no longer makes money or they feel they need a retrench and put all their own platform.

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Rowanova says:

I don't think it has but a very small user base so they decided to discontinue support for their app. Drop the resource drain.
This may also have something to do with the recent acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft, but I doubt it ad MS has numerous other titles on iOS App Store.

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Luis Alicea Caldas says:

What was "HERE" is now "GONE"... Never knew Nokia had a Maps App... Wont be missed.

Rene Ritchie says:

How do they explain Here Maps being a terrible experience on prior versions of iOS?

Stewmaker says:

There were just so many bugs plaguing Here Maps, high time the plug was pulled.

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Trappiste says:

"Here" aka Nokia maps, on WP, is the best set of location services available, period. IF only they made a native iOS app suite... maybe now that Nokia is free of WP after the MS split, they will do exactly that. Apple's Maps suffers from pathetically-poor mapping data in Europe. It is, effectively, unusable. What a shame. Nokia to rescue!

Spaz888 says:

Apple Maps suffers big time in Canada, I've sent them up update requests for prime and heavily congested and important areas. It's been a few years already and they still haven't updated the maps while even Nokia Maps and obviously Google maps had the road information pretty darn quick. Apple Maps is still an epic fail imo.

chaoticbuddhist says:

It might just be me but the subtext here sounds an awful lot like, "Fine, don't use our app."

khobia2 says:

Used HERE maps a couple times. Nothing to shout about. So get to steppin' Nokia. Seems there are just flexing their muscles and dissing Apple in the guise of blaming iOS 7. I either use Maps or Google Maps anyway. Business as usual for these tech companies in a very competitive arena. Guess we will see who remains in the lead and who 'bites the dust.'

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dreyfus2 says:

A company that went from 35% smartphone market share to 3%, mainly because their UX sucked albatross balls for a decade, should not really try this excuse. When HERE maps was released, I installed it out of curiosity, launched it, laughed very hard, and deleted it. There is literally nothing Apple could ever learn from Nokia.

Munale says:

They probably didn't want to have an app that that was reworked in ios7's ugly style

kataran says:

Here maps is actually very good it's the mapping service we use for our Trapster app very accurate and user friendly this is sad news

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asuperstarr says:

First time ever hearing about this app. I guess you can't miss what you never had.

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Spaz888 says:

I used to use Nokia Maps long time ago. Then I stopped once I found that Google used more current maps in some local areas. Navteq is the leader in mapping, so why was this so? Nokia maps never worked well, if at all with earlier versions of the iPhone as well. I contacted Nokia and they replied back that iOS wasn't supported.

Obviously, Nokia is abandoning iOS for their own "personal" reasons. Perhaps there are being pressured by Microsoft? I don't know. It seems ridiculous if that's the case. Nonetheless, I doubt many will miss Nokia maps, especially if they won't update their online maps regularly.

Speaking of maps, has anyone read Apple Maps' "About" wording. Waze is mentioned. When I seen that, I said w tf! I hate Waze, it promotes texting and driving, and chatting. They market Waze as being fun? Driving in traffic is fun?