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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Not just Windows Phone
by Lava_Croft on Sat 5th Jan 2013 16:30 UTC
Lava_Croft
Member since:
2006-12-24

I think Google blocked *all* non-webkit browsers from accessing the Google Maps mobile site. The same probably happened to the 'fancy' Gmail mobile site.

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RE: Not just Windows Phone
by No it isnt on Sat 5th Jan 2013 17:08 in reply to "Not just Windows Phone"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Actually some WebKit browsers as well. Google Maps has never worked on my Nokia N9, I'm just redirected to Google search. So it's not exactly new, and not exactly Microsoft only.

Edited 2013-01-05 17:08 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yeah. Its odd. Firefox mobile on Android still can access google maps mobile version.


If blocking all non webkit browsers was their goal, they may have missed a few user agents.

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