It was just over a year ago that Nokia’s Here Maps landed on the App Store, at a particularly tumultuous time for iOS map users.
Consensus is that Here Maps is a pretty decent service, but it’s only gone and leapt off the App Store ship, blaming iOS 7 as it went.
Here Maps initially touched down in the wake of the Apple Maps debacle. Essentially, with iOS 6, Apple dismissed trusty Google Maps as the default iOS mapping solution, replacing it with a vastly inferior app – one so bad that it made news headlines around the world.
Worse still, Google Maps wasn’t available to download from the App Store (Google’s YouTube was), and as such it was a case of Here Maps to the rescue.
Well, sort of. It wasn’t quite the all-singing all-dancing Here Maps as found on Symbian or Windows Phone. Still, it notched up many a download.
Ultimately, one year on, the dream is over, with Here Maps pulled from the App Store. Story goes it didn’t play well with iOS 7.
A statement given to The Indian Express 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."
And that’s the end of that. If you can’t live without the Here Maps app, it looks like Windows Phone for you, chap.