Nokia purges Here Maps from App Store over iOS 7 issues

The navigation app is no longer available for iOS users, a move that Nokia blames on recent changes to iOS 7 that "harm the user experience."

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iPhone and iPad users searching for Nokia's Here Maps app in the App Store will come up empty.

Nokia removed its maps app from Apple's store earlier this week over issues related to iOS 7. Trying to access the app through the App Store now returns an error that it's no longer available. Nokia initially didn't reveal the specific causes for the app's ouster but did send the following statement to CNET:

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.

A spokeswoman for Nokia provided further details, telling CNET: "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."

News site The Indian Express, which apparently broke the story on Christmas Day, called the iOS version of the Here Maps app "buggy." The site said the app would consistently freeze on all three of the Apple devices that it used in its testing.

Updated 7:20 a.m. PT with comments from Nokia.