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HERE Maps removed from App Store because iOS 7 "harms" user experience


News by Andrew Kameka on Friday December 27, 2013.

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Nokia was one of the companies that stepped up to release a mapping application at a time when Apple iOS was going through a difficult transition from Google-sourced maps to Apple's own inaccurate solution. Nokia HERE Maps has since been removed from the App Store because it no longer works properly, according to Nokia.

Nokia issued the following statement in regards to the app's disappearance:

"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."

In what ways iOS 7 harms the experience is unclear. HERE Maps was an app that relied on wrappers and accessing some device features rather than a native iOS application, so perhaps Nokia decided the app could not meet its expectations as it was previously designed. Nokia suggests fans use the mobile website, but with its limited features and inability to cache offline maps like the app version, it's more likely that consumers will gravitate to Apple's since improved Maps or Google Maps.

source: Nokia Power User

 
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