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 Google.com 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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Stupid Google
by BluenoseJake on Sat 5th Jan 2013 16:12 UTC
BluenoseJake
Member since:
2005-08-11

This is not the same as MS extorting fees from Android phone manufacturers, not even close. Those fees are 5-15 dollars per device, that even when passed on directly to the consumer do not hinder the consumer in any way.

Google's actions are just anti-competitive, plain and simple. They only hurt the users, not MS, who hopefully will just change the useragent string so Google can't tell the difference, and then tell Google to go pound sand

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RE: Stupid Google
by tylerdurden on Sat 5th Jan 2013 17:41 in reply to "Stupid Google"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

You're comparing apples to oranges. A more apt comparison would be with Microsoft's pollution of the web a while back, when lots of sites would only work with IE browsers, for example.

Google is being idiotic in this case getting down to Microsoft's old level.

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RE[2]: Stupid Google
by BluenoseJake on Sat 5th Jan 2013 22:59 in reply to "RE: Stupid Google"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

You're comparing apples to oranges. A more apt comparison would be with Microsoft's pollution of the web a while back, when lots of sites would only work with IE browsers, for example.

Google is being idiotic in this case getting down to Microsoft's old level.


The operative part is "Microsoft's old level" MS of today is not the MS of 10-15 years ago, and they have learned(forced) to change.

I don't want to trade one group of assholes for another, altogether more far-reaching group of assholes.

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RE: Stupid Google
by JAlexoid on Sat 5th Jan 2013 17:59 in reply to "Stupid Google"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Google's actions are just anti-competitive, plain and simple.

You use that word, you may not understand what it means. Blocking Google Maps impacts no-one. Nokia's maps are there to use.

Also, how is this surprising? "Don't be evil" was a result of them hating Microsoft that much.

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RE[2]: Stupid Google
by BluenoseJake on Sat 5th Jan 2013 23:02 in reply to "RE: Stupid Google"
BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

"Google's actions are just anti-competitive, plain and simple.

You use that word, you may not understand what it means. Blocking Google Maps impacts no-one. Nokia's maps are there to use.

Also, how is this surprising? "Don't be evil" was a result of them hating Microsoft that much.
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What word? Anti-competitive? It is anti-competitive, the word has more meaning than just anti-trust law.

In this case, I use it to mean they don't want to compete, so they just lock MS out, easy as pie.

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RE[2]: Stupid Google
by lucas_maximus on Sun 6th Jan 2013 00:26 in reply to "RE: Stupid Google"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

The Web app worked fine before in mobile IE9 & IE10 browsers ... they are restricting it on the user agent.

It is shitty.

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