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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RE[3]: Why does HTML5 exist?
by Morgan on Sat 5th Jan 2013 19:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Why does HTML5 exist?"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

Bullied nerd, my ass. Anyone who claims Google is the weaker power here is either grossly misinformed or outright lying. Google owns search, they own the mobile market, and they own online mapping and webmail. They are using their considerable power and influence to shut out an already weak player in those areas. That's the very definition of bullying.

What I don't get is why anyone would want to use mobile Google Maps or mobile Gmail on a Windows Phone anyway. When I used a WP7 device, I preferred the native Maps app to Google Maps on Android, as it was faster and more accurate with navigation, and the native WP email app has full support for Gmail via IMAP.

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RE[4]: Why does HTML5 exist?
by JAlexoid on Sun 6th Jan 2013 12:18 in reply to "RE[3]: Why does HTML5 exist?"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

You are mistaken if you think they own webmail.

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RE[5]: Why does HTML5 exist?
by Morgan on Sun 6th Jan 2013 12:41 in reply to "RE[4]: Why does HTML5 exist?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

In the mobile space, which we are discussing here? Of course they do. Gmail was the first webmail service that was actually functional on a mobile browser, despite being one of the youngest webmail services alive today. Hotmail and Yahoo have greatly improved their mobile experience, but they don't come close to Gmail right now.

The thing is, the built in mail clients in all of the major phone OSes still beat any mobile portal by a wide margin. Basically, if your webmail service offers IMAP or POP access, you shouldn't be using their mobile webmail portal, ever. That includes Gmail, and of course if you have a Windows Phone you don't have a choice now.

Just so you don't misunderstand my position though: Google sucks donkey balls for doing this. As others have said, they are taking the low road and being absolutely childish about it all.

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