News by Luke Jones on Thursday December 18, 2014.
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Nokia is slowly removing itself form Microsoft. Of course, the company sold its devices division to Redmond earlier in the year and since then Nokia has been distancing itself from both Microsoft and the Windows Phone platform. There has been an Android launcher app (the amazing Z Launcher), an Android running tablet, and now the company has said it will no longer develop the HERE Maps suite for Microsoft's Lumia smartphones.That is a huge blow for Microsoft and Windows Phone because HERE Maps is seen as the closest rival to Google Maps and some think it is the better maps suite. It was an advantage of Windows Phone, but Nokia now says it is taking its maps suite developers elsewhere. The signs of this move have been evident for the last few months as the Finnish brand agreed deals with Samsung and other Android vendors to use HERE Maps. HERE is particularly robust because it lets you store maps onto the device for offline navigation, something Google Maps does not offer. Nokia's decision shows how much things have changed as the company was once locked to the Windows Phone platform and Microsoft's premier partner. However, explaining the decision the company said "now we are developing applications on the basis of a realistic market". Basically that means Nokia is going where the consumers go, which is to Android (HERE is already available) and to iOS, which will have its own app in the near future. As for Microsoft, the company will still pay Nokia to license HERE Maps, but Nokia will no longer develop and maintain the app, something I presume Redmond will now deal with.
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