Windows mobile ecosystem suffers huge setback as HERE apps get pulled

The Windows smartphone ecosystem has just suffered a huge setback. Further development of HERE apps and services for Windows 10 Mobile is being halted after June 20, 2016 and the apps will be removed from the Windows 10 store on March 29th. While the Windows Phone 8 apps will continue to work, they will only get critical bug updates after that date. Simple verdict: HERE apps for Windows smartphones are dead.

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HERE’s explanation:

In the last few months, we made the HERE apps compatible with Windows 10 by using a workaround that will no longer be effective after June 30, 2016. To continue offering the HERE apps for Windows 10 would require us to redevelop the apps from the ground up, a scenario that led to the business decision to remove our apps from the Windows 10 store.

HERE Maps is one of the finest smartphone navigation apps around, and this loss is just a bad one. Microsoft’s own map app is still available for Windows 10 Mobile users. While it uses HERE data, it just doesn’t measure up to HERE. As far as I can tell, the Windows smartphone world has lost a gem.

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3 comments

  1. Well, Several players are deserting the troubled platform. In droves.

    TenCent, Nokia Here, Path (the media sharing and messaging service!), Mint (the financial manager service), Pinterest, Bank of America, Kabam, etc.

    I wouldn’t know how Microsoft would reverse this run on their platform.

    Of course, they could take the Blackberry Option.. forget about their OS platform and embrace the platform of life… Android . Indirectly, Microsoft is already going the non_platform route by focusing more on services :. rather than the specific platform the services run on.

  2. If I’m correct, hasn’t HERE maps spun off as a separate entity from Nokia? And wasn’t some company like Tom Tom or similar looking to buy them out?

    With HERE maps available on Android and iOS, and having garnered enough popularity (I prefer it to Google maps, especially for offline navigation), I guess they no longer need Windows Phone. Ironic really, when you think that HERE maps was launched on WP and was only available on that platform for a good few years.

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