Nokia has pulled its popular Here Maps from iTunes app store citing iOS 7
as the reason, claiming that it was harming the 'user experience'.
Indian Express reported the news first and notes that Here Maps on iOS
had a bug that froze the app when users tried to zoom in and out of the
app. Further, the report states that in case the app didn't freeze while
trying to zoom in or out, the iOS version of the Here Maps responded
strangely and also made it hard to find alternative routes or
The report claims that the Here Maps was tested on
three Apple devices before being pulled down and it describes the app as
'unusable' on all the devices.
The report also cites a statement from a Nokia spokesperson that reads, "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
Nokia released its Here Maps app for iPhone, iPad and
iPod touch in November this year. The app features Maps for around 200 countries,
including navigation and traffic data in many countries (including
India). Some of the features announced in the iOS version of Here Maps
included map views, which offered live traffic view, public transport
line view or satellite view of a location; save map areas and wander
without data coverage and organize favourite places into collections.
Here Maps are available on all Nokia Lumia devices and also on some
Asha phones. It's worth pointing out that Nokia Here Maps is one of
those divisions that will stay with the Finnish giant even after the
Microsoft deal is closed.
Nokia unveiled the Here mapping and location-based services platform last year, powered by the Internet 'cloud' to work
across an array of devices and operating systems.