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Nokia Yanks Here Maps From Apple’s App Store

nokia_here_mapsHere Maps, the mapping service that Nokia touted as an alternative to Apple’s first ill-starred iOS Maps app, is gone from the App Store today, and evidently iOS 7 is the reason.

“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,” Nokia said in a statement. “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.”

It’s not clear how, exactly, iOS 7 harmed the Here Maps experience, though some report that the app became quite buggy with the advent of Apple’s latest mobile OS.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment.

UPDATE: In an additional statement given to CNET, Nokia clarified that it wasn’t iOS 7 that undermined Here’s user experience, but it’s own failure to optimize for it. “We don’t want to blame Apple or iOS 7 — the app simply was not optimized for iOS 7 so we decided to remove it,” a Nokia spokeswoman told CNET.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik