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]: Why does HTML5 exist?
by jared_wilkes on Sat 5th Jan 2013 19:11 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why does HTML5 exist?"
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Android market share: 65%
Google search market share: 65%
Google maps market share: unknown but probably similar

Windows Phone market share: 2% and declining

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RE[4]: Why does HTML5 exist?
by Nelson on Sat 5th Jan 2013 20:22 in reply to "RE[3]: Why does HTML5 exist?"
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And that has to do with Google breaking the promise of the web how?

It isn't as if Google Maps did not work with IE's rendering engine before, because it did and still does on endpoints that Google has not redirected yet. It is an artificial limitation.

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You misunderstand: my point is that Microsoft's bullying nearly 20 years ago doesn't justify Google's current bullying.

This isn't self-defense or reciprocity. This is the kid that was picked on when he was ten going to that bully's house 15 years later when he is a washed-up, friendless homebody and kicking the crap out of him as an adult. Yes, that is a dick move.

Self-defense analogies are weak sauce. The obvious cliché is: two wrongs don't make a right. (Especially when separated by 15 years.)

Edited 2013-01-05 20:42 UTC

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