German automotive consortium owned HERE Maps has ended support for devices running Windows 10, the company said in a blog post; starting March 29, all HERE branded apps will be pulled down from the Windows 10 app store. HERE maps will continue to live on Windows Phone 8 devices, but the company stated explicitly that it will not be releasing new updates/features for any Windows Phone platform.
In the past few months, HERE branded apps were live on Windows 10 devices using a workaround. The company said that ending support was Windows 10 was a business decision since the app needed developing from scratch. However, Windows 10 users can rely on the pre-installed version of Windows Maps app for navigation. According to the company, Windows Maps contains several HERE elements, since Microsoft in 2014 developed the app using assets it received from the HERE brand.
HERE maps in India: After the Lumia brand found a sizable market in India, Nokia’s India division introduced a new venue-based map service called ‘HERE Venue’ in June 2013, which offered details specific to a venue including specific stores, product offers, floor levels, elevators and restrooms within a mall. In October 2013 it said that it would be launching a community mapping pilot program in India, wherein it would combine its industrial data collection methods with a crowd mapping initiative.
Other developments from HERE:
-In July 2015, German automakers Audi, Daimler AG and BMW AG bought Nokia’s digital mapping service Nokia HERE for about $2.7 billion. The deal was finalized in December, last year.
-In November 2012, Nokia re-branded its own Maps as HERE, making it a cloud based mapping and location service, accessible across multiple operating systems and devices. At the same time, Nokia also announced the acquisition of 3D mobile mapping solutions company, Earthmine to add 3D features to its maps.
Recent developments in digital mapping:
-In November 2015 Google updated its Maps to work offline. Users can now search and select a part of the map area and save it to their disk; Google will automatically let users access offline maps when the device is outside network coverage.
-In June 2015, Microsoft sold a part of its Bing Maps technology to online cab hailing service Uber for an undisclosed amount. About 100 Microsoft engineers were expected to join Uber, following this deal.