Another one bites the dust. For some, the chorus of fleeting Windows phone apps has become deafening as each new days brings another end to developer efforts for the platform.
Unfortunately, today Windows phone users are waving goodbye to another developer and the app Navigon. The departure, according to NAVIGON developers, wasn't mutual. At least based on the press release that's come months after Microsoft put a bullet into its Windows Phone platform, the developers of NAVIGON were forced to end their efforts rather than exiting the app Store using the standard "use our Web App" as a blanket suggestion that graciously excuses the lack of users.
Dear NAVIGON customer,
Microsoft has now officially has stopped production of Windows phones. That’s why we have with a heavy heart decided to leave the platform.
As of May 2018, the NAVIGON app and its additional packages will no longer be available for purchased. You can still use the app though and download it again as an existing customer.
For those who purchased of additional packages (e.g. FreshMaps) we will be within the license duration continue to deliver updates.
Your NAVIGON team
Now that Microsoft has finally peeled the band aid off the tragic Windows Phone situation, most users and developers are slowly moving on. For long time champions of the platform news of departing apps and skilled developers still land with a bit of a bite as many view potential unfulfilled.