A new story says that Nokia is reportedly "exploring" the idea of selling off its HERE Maps division.
The company may decide to ditch the maps business in part to concentrate its time on its wireless network division. HERE Maps is already getting some interest from other companies and private-equity firms, according to Bloomberg's unnamed sources.
Alongside the launch of its app in Google Play today for Android, HERE has confirmed its Maps app will be coming back to the iPhone in 2015. The previous effort was around for a little while and pulled when "iOS 7 ruined the experience" somehow, but thanks to positive feedback from Android users, iOS will benefit next.
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:
HERE Maps by Nokia was just released for iPhone and iPad and aims to take on Apple's own iOS Maps for a place on your Home screen. The real question is, does it stack up to offerings that are already available natively or in the App Store?