Nokia Thinks iOS 7 Sucks, Pulls HERE Maps App

Nokia's HERE Maps app for the iPhone isn't available on Apple's App Store any more, and that's because the company pulled it because iOS 7 included changes that "harm the user experience." HERE Maps is Nokia's competitor to Google Maps and Apple Maps, complete with travel directions and traffic information -- and at least in the case of the iPhone, a bad user experience.

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In a statement to Indian Express, a Nokia spokesperson said,

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.

Regardless of whether or not iOS 7 played a role in the demise of HERE Maps, it was probably a good move for Nokia to pull the app. The iPhone version of the app sported a clunky and Symbian-looking interface and had bugs that would often lead to crashes, making it mostly worthless for many users.

Nokia recently agreed to sell its mobile phone business to Microsoft, although the HERE Maps service wasn't part of the deal. Since Nokia held on to HERE, it isn't likely that Microsoft played a role in pulling the iPhone app from the App Store.

For now, iPhone owners that want to use Nokia's map service will need to point Mobile Safari to the HERE website. Nokia hasn't said if it plans to ever release a new version of HERE Maps for the iPhone, although it is maintaining its Windows Phone version of the app.