Nokia has quietly removed HERE Maps app for iOS from the App store because it was outdated and wasn’t optimized for iOS 7. iPhone users still can use the Web version.
About a year ago, Nokia announced HERE Maps for iOS in an attempt to shift Google Maps, no longer integrated in the iOS 6. Despite the promises of frequent updates and the presence of numerous bugs, the Finnish manufacturer had never released update. A few days ago the app was pulled down from the App Store.
One of the objectives of HERE Maps was to replace the excellent Google service for iOS users, but Nokia overlooked the Apple platform, and moved almost all the resources to Windows Phone and its Lumia smartphones. The first version of the mapping and navigation app was essentially a port of the Symbian version, which was quite poor in terms of quality. The bugs have become more apparent with the arrival of iOS 7 that requires a redesign of the interface to meet the new guidelines.
[HERE Maps] app was simply not optimized for iOS 7 so we decided to remove it: Nokia
In fact, Nokia cites the recent changes to iOS 7 as their reason for removing HERE Maps from the App Store. “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.”
It seemed a lame excuse as how iOS affects their user experience in any way. Later, a Nokia spokesman clarified that the “fault” is neither Apple nor iOS 7. The app has been removed because it’s not optimized for iOS 7.
In related News, before its removal, HERE Maps had received about 1,500 reviews with an average score of 2.5 out of 5, just because they didn’t put the resources to update it. The Finnish manufacturer hasn’t commented if or when they will release an updated version.