Nokia halts HERE maps development for Windows Phone, iPhone app arriving soon (updated)

Nokia halts HERE maps development for Windows Phone, iPhone app arriving soon (updated)
UPDATE: The folks from Nokia issued a clarification that they will continue ensuring that the HERE maps app is compatible with future versions of Microsoft's OS: "We have noticed some discussions in the blogosphere about HERE on Windows Phone. We want to clarify that we are committed to providing great products and consumer experiences for Windows based phones. We will continue to support our HERE apps to ensure that they will be compatible with future versions of Windows."

One of the big advantages of Microsoft's Windows Phones would be no more, it seems, as Nokia said it will stop developing its HERE Maps suite for the Lumia handsets. The free offline voice-guided navigation was released as a dedicated app in the Play Store recently, and has amassed millions of downloads since. This should come as no surprise, since, unlike Google Maps, it lets you store country or regional maps on the device itself, instead of constantly relying on an Internet connection.

Originally Nokia planned to release HERE Maps for iOS by the end of the year, but is still polishing the app for now, and it will be gracing your iPhone or iPad early in 2015 instead. As for Windows Phone development, this one will be halted, said Udo Szabo, head of the HERE mobile development unit at Nokia. "Now we are developing applications on the basis of a realistic market," Szabo mentioned. Microsoft will still pay Nokia licensing fees for using HERE Maps on its cell phones, but will continue the app development itself on its own, it seems.

source: ITViiko.fi

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27 Comments

1. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

Much better this that MS will take over the app development

3. android_hitman unregistered

Do you even speak english?

4. Cicero

Posts: 1101; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Do you speak French or German or Spanish or Italian or Russian or Chinese or ...?

7. android_hitman unregistered

French, German and I understand Spanish and Italian. What's your point? I dont understand?

8. sss_ddk

Posts: 76; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

you must be Swiss :)

11. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

I like cookies.

15. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

With that many languages he seems more of a Swiss Knife then just Swiss, to me.

25. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

The netiquette says you should never correct grammar mistakes on forums, because you don't know who you're talking to. The poster could be a non-native speaker (as I am, so please don't correct me! ;) ), or he could be dyslexic, or whatever. I'm sure that in real life you would never stop a conversation with someone just to point out that he made a grammar mistake! Would it be kind? No, it wouldn't, and you wouldn't do it. So why do it here?

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

'Now we are developing applications on the basis of a realistic market' - Nokia LOL....Nokia even doesn't consider Windows Phone market to be realistic......#BURN :D

6. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

LOL they were the one who chose WP when android was flourishing...now they say this...they brought this upon themselves...developing for only one OS is not realistic approach when there are so many possiblities...they were developing for only 3% market in the past...now thats unrealistic,now it will be 100% :D

9. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

they got senses now

28. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Elop loved WP, not (ex-)Nokia engineers.

22. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Lol you Android fans should read the update from Nokia no surprise that tech2 and others saw this as another opportunity to bash WP. I dont get why you guys need to be such haters not everyone wants an Android or iOS device, seems even many of the tech blogs themselves who are fans of Android and iOS around the internet would report WP news many times by framing the article and it headlines with subtle swipes at WP and MS. Grow up folks choice is good.

23. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

And choice is something your believed company didn't believe on.....unless it favors them... like locking down PC with win8...but they want smartphones to dual boot wp with android...dual standards much??? And just think how smartphone market would be if wp had 80% market share....they would do as much as they can stop competition(like they did with PC)...I'm happy that google is leading smartphone game...and because of that new comers are having chance....

30. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

they are fcking up ms. LOL

5. great

Posts: 85; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

good move by nokia ....rubbed salt in MS's wounds ...!

19. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

what about the fans that tried to seal nokia's wound and are now stuck with windowsphone don't get me wrong i love the 1520 it's great but i feel betrayed oh well microsoft better not screw this up

10. ishan.heru

Posts: 69; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

this is called as strategic revenge planning. MS removed the nokia name from lumias after they started selling some phones now its Nokia's turn to revenge. good job NOKIA !!

17. SaintHelena

Posts: 397; Member since: Nov 05, 2014

actually removing the nokia brand in lumia is in favor of nokia to use the nokia brand again somewhat in the future.

12. stocklee unregistered

When even NOKIA doesnt see the potential in Windows Phone anymore, you know the situation with it is really bad.

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Nokia finally got the guts to kick Microsoft's nuts. Yea! That for butt f**king for the past 3 years.

14. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

There goes another feather from the cap. Too bad for wp fans, at least you still have the best to use, Google.

27. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Here is much better than Google navigation (which gives lousy routes and requires network connection).

20. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

this does hurt windows smart phones to some degree but some Microsoft insiders say through Bluestacks type apps Microsoft will make Windows smart phones and devices will run android apps too. people use the bluestacks app to run Android apps on Windows 8.1 tablets like the great Surface Pro 3. the coming NEW Windows 10 mobile operating system for Windows smartphones and tablets will no doubt have apps that will run Android apps fairly well.

21. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks look for Microsoft and the Bluestacks app creators and others to team up and make a really good app that will enable Windows 10 Mobile OS smart phones and tablets run Android apps. this will forever close the APPS gap Windows smart phones are said to have. however the top 50 apps that smart phone owners use are already on windows smart phones Windows smart phones only need to add a few more of the great apps to be great. FOLKS it's quality over quantity Microsoft should focus on for it's mobile devices

29. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Yeah, okay...

26. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

That is great news. They should defunct the windows version via patch.

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