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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Disappointment city
by orfanum on Sat 5th Jan 2013 20:12 UTC
orfanum
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2006-06-02

I have just moved from iOS to Android in the (now revealed to be naive) hope that I might just be moving from an overall closed environment to a generally more open one.

I won't of course be directly affected by this but not only am I frustrated at this stance on principle but Android isn't all it's cracked up to be either.

I just hope that what appears to be the increasingly varied development of alternative phone operating systems comes to greater fruition in 2013, so that I can install something else on this Galaxy S2 sooner rather than later.

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