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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by timdp on Sat 5th Jan 2013 15:48 UTC
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"Google's move is understandable."

Is it? What ever happened to "Don't be evil"?

Edited 2013-01-05 15:49 UTC

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RE: Understandable
by silviucc on Sat 5th Jan 2013 16:06 in reply to "Understandable"
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He said it is understandable as in "I get why they do it" but you seem to have missed the rest of the article where he says he does not agree with it.

I'm really getting tired of spotting shills and fanbois.It's unfair, the first ones get paid to write crap, I don't. The fanbois are beyond anyone's power to cure.

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RE[2]: Understandable
by timdp on Sat 5th Jan 2013 17:57 in reply to "RE: Understandable"
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"Understandable" implies Thom would've at least considered doing the same. Perhaps it's just bad wording, but as emarkp points out, it's an unprofessional move on Google's part, and no matter what Microsoft did to provoke them, this is a level Google should not be stooping to.

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RE: Understandable
by emarkp on Sat 5th Jan 2013 16:51 in reply to "Understandable"
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Remember, "don't be evil" is the lowest possible standard. This is childish, unprofessional, and harms your customers, but it's not like they're eating babies.

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