HopStop.072013When Google announced that they were acquiring Nik Software, the creators behind apps such as Snapseed, many were worried that Google would kill the iOS app in favor of making it an Android exclusive, a move which thankfully did not happen. Unfortunately the same thing cannot be said for Apple as after the Cupertino had acquired the company behind transit navigation app, HopStop, they have dropped support for Windows Phone, leaving Windows Phone users stranded at least until they are able to find another app that offers similar capabilities and features.

While Apple hasn’t explained the reason behind the acquisition, many believe that due to it being a navigation app, that Apple plans to use the technology behind it to help boost its own Maps app which has been facing a lot of criticism and complaints since its debut. Interestingly though the HopStop app for Android remains on Google Play and it has been speculated that the reason behind this is so that Apple can continue to receive feedback about the app from a platform which has a significantly larger install base compared to Windows Phone.

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