Apple Buys HopStop and Immediately Drops Windows Phone Support

So news broke just a few hours ago that Apple might have purchased HopStop which provides mass transit directions.

According to All Things D  Apple confirmed this acquisition in a round about way and it seems action was taken very quickly to drop all Windows Phone related support like a hot potato.

In the last hour I received a tweet from a Twitter follower Roman DeSilva (@MetroHeads) with this picture attached and the question “When did this happen? Coincidence?”

That is a screenshot from the HopStop Windows Phone App that is now shown in the Windows Phone Store as  This app is no longer published.

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If you search for the HopStop App on your Windows Phone device it is shown as This app is not available for your device.

Here is a screenshot of the apps page in the Windows Phone Store on my Nokia Lumia 920.

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This app had been on Windows Phone since the days of Windows Phone 7.

If you go visit HopStop’s current mobile apps landing page you will also see that the Windows Phone App is no longer listed as an option either.

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Of course Google is always happy to show a cached version of web pages and this is the cached version of HopStop’s mobile app page dated 12 July 2013

Here is a screenshot of the apps offered as of just a week ago:

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Sure didn’t take long for HopStop to dump Windows Phone users did it? I wonder if that order came from the mothership?

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30 thoughts on “Apple Buys HopStop and Immediately Drops Windows Phone Support

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  5. This just shows the anti-competitive nature of Apple. Nokia and Windows Phone (Microsoft) don’t need Hopstop, we already have Nokia Transit which does an excellent job of this. Developers of similar apps already on the Apple Ecosystem now face the prospect that their apps will be removed from the App Store because Apple reserves the right to do that to apps which compete with their own features on their platform. Why anyone develops for them is beyond me.

    • I agree. Just wish they had warned users of its impeding closure. That is a much better public policy compared to just taking it down unannounced and then also keeping the Android app up and available. That makes it look intentional and targeted.

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    • Well of course people don’t agree. But Apple is looking after itself. At the end of the day they need to bring products to their brand and make it exclusive. THey are not selling your data as Google for ad revenue. If in the course of making a product exclusive for Apple users they ruin Windows/Android users experience on their platform, they couldn’t care less. At the end of the day each company is looking after itself and their own users. Microsoft/Nokia should have bought HopStop for themselves if they cared that much.

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  13. Is it me or does this really say “we’re terrified that Windows Phone market share is growing at our expense, and we will do anything to maintain the status quo and duopoly we share with Google.”

    • If your plan is to incorporate this map data into your map app on iOS and not have it as a separate app then shutting down the apps make sense but why only shutdown Windows Phone? Why not the other mobile apps as well?

    • It’s you.

      Well, OK — to be fair, beginning in 2012 it’s you and the vocal majority of MS fans who are so aggressively, angrily paranoid about the supposed unfairness of MS’s two main competitors in the mobile sector.

      For an outside observer, this current stance contrasts nicely with the same group’s quiet complacency during the _decade_ that WIntel was (literally) extorting support from firms in multiple sectors, worldwide.

      Maybe HS had only a single WP dev, who’s quit or been reassigned for the iOS merge. I don’t know for sure…do you? Likewise, suspicions aside I can’t say why MS have repeatedly delayed Office for iPad or Android.