Update: Nokia has issued a statement, clarifying that they’ll support Windows Phone in the future.
“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.”
It seems like the list of official apps on Windows Phone that are managed by Microsoft will soon get a new entrant. Nokia has revealed that it would be halting development of the Windows Phone version of HERE Maps and instead will invest its resources “based on a realistic market”. Speaking to DigiToday, Udo Szabo, Director of Product Marketing at HERE, said:
“When did Nokia phones, our goal was slightly different. Now we are developing applications on the basis of a realistic market. Microsoft will pay our maps license fees and is responsible for application development.”
Nokia has already outed an Android version of its app on the Samsung Galaxy Store, which has seen millions of downloads, and expects to release an iOS version of the app early next year. Windows Phone version won’t be dead of course, and will be continued to be developed by Microsoft. Although, it could mean that the Windows Phone version could be the last to get new features in the future, but that’s just a hypothesis for now.