Last year, post Apple s much talked-about Maps fiasco; companies like Nokia and Google saw a window of opportunity and launched their mapping applications on the iOS platform. A year down the line, Nokia has pulled its HERE apps from the App Store citing the design changes on iOS 7 as the main reason, The Indian Express reports. Also Read - Nokia C01 Plus with an upgraded processor and bigger battery launched
Nokia s official statement for yanking HERE Maps from the App Store 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 core location needs, such as search, routing, orientation, transit information and more, all completely free of charge.
Nokia s HERE Maps for iOS was launched to lukewarm response and the company was criticized for not taking full advantage of the situation and launching an app with limited features. Not even Google launching a fully featured Google Maps on the platform could make Nokia add features to its app.
What surprises us is that on one hand the company is expanding its Maps presence by partnering with Tizen and Jolla, and on the other hand, it pulls the app off the App Store, which has a much bigger user base.