In March, Nokia’s HERE Maps app finally returned to the iOS App Store, adding another option to the mapping services available on Apple’s iOS-based devices.
The leftover part of Nokia, which is responsible for HERE Maps, today announced the release of their app for iOS devices.
Nokia’s HERE Maps, a popular mapping service around the world, has seen a lot of attention on Windows Phone handsets in the past. For iOS users, an update from Nokia may be good news.
In 2013, Nokia sold off a major section of itself to Microsoft, waving goodbye to its Devices & Services division. Turns out you don’t need that particular area to still release a device running services, though.
Nokia released an iOS app for its HERE mapping service back in 2012, but pulled it from the App Store a year later as the maps were quite slow and buggy.
Nokia is looking to bring back Here Maps to iOS, as per new job listings. The job listings seek iOS and Android developers to expand the Here mapping service to the two platforms via SDKs and possibly an app as well.
Apple may produce only one line of smartphones, but the company reportedly is close to overtaking Nokia and sliding into second place in the global mobile phone market, according to a report published by Strategy Analytics.
Last year, Nokia released an iOS app for its mapping service called “HERE,” possibly to try to fill the void caused by the removal of the stock Google Maps app from iOS. The company has now pulled Here Maps from the App Store, citing changes in iOS 7 that “harm user experience.”
Microsoft has announced that it will be buying Nokia’s Devices and Services units.
Microsoft will paying Nokia a total of EUR 5.44 billion (approximately $7.1 billion), EUR 3.79 billion to buy Nokia’s Devices and Services business, and another EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents.