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Apple moves to add public transit directions to Maps with acquisition of HopStop, kills Window Phone access

News by Andrew Kameka on Monday July 22, 2013.

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Apple confirmed on Friday that it purchased Locationary, a company that specializes in updating business listings. Apple later acknowledged that it had acquired HopStop, a cross-platform mobile app that provides directions for public transit, walking, biking, and driving in many cities. The acquisition is clearly a move to enhance Apple Maps by adding subway, bus, and train directions to the app. Google Maps for iOS provides public transportation directions and Apple's Map does not. HopStop offers Apple a way to add transit directions for more than 120 cities in the U.S. and Canada. For a large contingent of iPhone users, these transit directions are more valuable than the turn-by-turn navigation already included in Maps.

The good news for Apple is bad news for Windows Phone customers. Shortly after the HopStop deal was confirmed, Windows Observer reported that HopStop had been unpublished from the Windows Store. All support for Windows Phone ceased immediately. The reason for the shutdown was never explained, but it's hard to not draw a connection between Apple's acquisition of HopStop and the company's decision to withdraw support. Perhaps the Windows Phone market share is too small to warrant continued support, but the abrupt removal is peculiar.

HopStop remains available for download in the iOS App Store and Android's Google Play.

source: Windows Observer

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