Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 5th Jan 2013 14:53 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y And so this situation is starting to get ridiculous - and consumers are, as usual, caught in the middle of it all. Google has just blocked Windows Phone devices from accessing Google Maps on their phones. In addition, it also seems Windows Phone users are now restricted to the basic HTML version of the mobile GMail website. While understandable from a defensive perspective - Microsoft's extortion scheme targeting Android device makers and all that - it's still a massive dick move that only hurts consumers. Update: the media attention has worked - Google is backpedalling, and will remove the redirect. "We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users. In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users. Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users."
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RE[3]: Comment by Laurence
by lucas_maximus on Mon 7th Jan 2013 19:34 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Laurence"
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I wasn't aware we were having one, do I have to put a smiley at the end of every post?

No I wasn't really happy with you saying "You will have a horrible new year of misery after the holidays" ... I like my job thanks and I get to live in sunny Spain which is a nice bonus.

In anycase you were talking a lot of rubbish ... lots of people can use the internet in pretty much anyway they like as long it isn't illegal, while Google pulling this is shitty, the subsequent uproar has made them open it back up ... how about that a company actually responding to consumer pressure and criticism.

Edited 2013-01-07 19:36 UTC

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