Nokia yanks Here Maps from Apple's App Store due to 'changes' in iOS 7

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| December 27, 2013

Nokia Here Maps app iPhone

A little over a year ago, Nokia introduced Here Maps as its new "location cloud" that would power mapping and navigation apps for a variety of devices and operating systems, including the iOS app that it pushed to Apple's App Store shortly after. Fast-forward to today and that app has been pulled from the App Store's shelves at Nokia's request.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Nokia today confirmed that it has yanked Here Maps for iOS from the App Store because it feels that "recent changes to iOS 7 harm the user experience" of its app. The company notes that iOS users can continue to use the Here mapping service in their device's browser by navigating to the mobile Here website. Nokia's full statement:

"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 hasn't elaborated on exactly what about iOS 7 "harmed" the experience of using Here Maps and Apple hasn't commented on the matter at all, so the whole situation is just kind of strange right now. The good news for iOS users that need help finding their way is that there are still several other mapping apps available on iOS, and anyone that really likes Nokia's Here offering can still use the mobile web version in their iDevice's browser.

Have you ever used Nokia's Here Maps? If so, what device did you use it on?

Via Engadget, The Indian Express