Nokia had decided to remove its HERE map app from Apple’s app store saying that iOS changes were affecting user experience.
iPhone Users have already been notified to use the HERE maps web app (m.here.com) to continue using the service. “The company had made the decision to remove our HERE maps app from the Apple app store because recent changes to iOS 7 harms user experience,” said a Nokia spokesperson. However the Finnish company declined to provide additional information regarding the move.
Earlier Nokia had pointed out compatibility issues with iOS 7 and changes with the OS were harming user experience. The service was launched for Apple app store in November included services like offline caching, public transportation guidance, voice-guided navigation when the company was coping with its own mapping service. The live traffic feature can provide data on accidents, construction activities and congestion in certain areas.
Analysts have pointed out that the HERE maps app did have issues since its debut even before the launch of iOS 7. They have also added that the app wasn’t able to provide accurate results and the inability to correct itself when users created minor typographical errors while using spaces and periods.
Interestingly Nokia’s decision come after a month after its deal with Microsoft’s takeover deal. The app continues to be available on Windows and Android devices providing support to Nokia’s own game, Dragon Adventure which was launched in collaboration with DreamWorks. Recently Blackberry had also removed its Twitter app from its Blackberry World after facing issues in its latest update.