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AGGIORNAMENTO | Uno dei membri dello staff che si occupa delle pubbliche relazioni in HERE ha chiarito la faccenda in merito al supporto a Windows Phone. Trovate il commento in fondo all’articolo.

Nokia è pronta a vendicarsi di Microsoft con l’arma HERE: Windows Phone, che fino a poco tempo fa aveva l’esclusiva sul servizio cartografico sviluppato da Nokia, presto non sarà nemmeno più la piattaforma preferita.

A dirlo è stato il vice presidente della divisione HERE in Nokia, Sean Fernback, che in un’intervista a TheNextWeb ha chiaramente lasciato intendere che le mappe HERE daranno la priorità alle piattaforme più diffuse del mercato. La volontà è quella di limitare le risorse allo sviluppo sulle piattaforme di Microsoft e concentrarle su Android, iOS e le novità wearable ben più allettanti.

“As a result of the transaction, we’re having to wind down our Windows Phone app development and shift it over towards Android and iOS”

Fernback assicura che le app del Windows Phone Store e del Windows Store rimmarranno semplicemente là dove sono, stanno solamente riducendo gli investimenti su queste ultime.

“Not really, partly because today we still maintain the [HERE] Windows Phone apps, it has our brand on it so we need to look after it” “Although we’re not particularly investing in them at the moment, that could still change. ” […] “if we decide that we want to invest in Windows Phone app again, we would take that new codebase and compile it for Windows.”

Pino Bonetti di HERE:

“Hi guys, some of you already know me, I’m Pino from the HERE team and I would like to provide a bit of clarity on this.

1. HERE is powering Windows Phone and that’s not gonna change (for at least 10 years)

Microsoft entered a license agreement with HERE to use our mapping platform for at least 10 years. This is why you see HERE maps on Windows Phone not only in the HERE apps but also in the Facebook app, in the Foursquare app, in the Instagram app and many more, even in the Uber app.

2. Offline maps aren’t going anywhere either

Licensing our mapping platform doesn’t mean that Microsoft is only using our data, but they have access to our full capability, including the possibility to store maps offline.

3. The more people use HERE the better it gets for everyone

Every cloud based service lives with user input. The more you use Amazon or Facebook, the better they get and we’re not different. The more people use HERE, the better it gets for everyone. Don’t you want better traffic info on your Windows Phone? That’s why we have to enable also your friends with an iPhone or a Samsung Galaxy to use HERE so that everyone can take advantage. We used to develop for “Windows Phone first”, now “all OS are equal”.

4. The map apps on Windows Phone will get better

We haven’t stopped developing for Windows Phone, but we are discussing with Microsoft how to proceed. At the end, whether as a HERE app or not, your location experience on Windows Phone will improve. Btw, we updated the maps on Windows Phone just a short time ago and more updates are coming soon.”

Insomma, Nokia non chiude le porte in faccia a Microsoft e se le quote di mercato di Windows (Phone) si faranno interessanti torneranno ad investire fortemente su quest’ultimo. Che ne pensate?

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