Ah, there is nothing quite like an official statement made or issued to debunk whatever rumors that are floating out there, no matter how plausible they might sound in the first place. There has been a fair number of rumors making their rounds, citing that Nokia will no longer support its HERE maps on the Windows Phone platform. Thankfully, a Nokia spokesman mentioned that “HERE is powering Windows Phone and that’s not going to change.”
Of course, there is reason to believe that Nokia would not pull support for HERE maps on Windows Phone as Nokia’s purchaser, Microsoft, did sign a four year contract that will see HERE being used on the Windows Phone platform. However, taking into consideration that Nokia is not responsible for Windows Phone hardware, there remains the plausibility that HERE could be licensed to see action on other mobile platforms.
The Nokia spokesman reassured the masses, “We used to develop for ‘Windows Phone first,” but also did take note that the company now sees the other operating systems as equal. After all, Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia did not mean that Nokia no longer owns its intellectual property – on the contrary, they have instead provided Microsoft with the rights to use these patents for a decade.