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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aijosh
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2013-01-05

Good point. But they've made amazing progress there. There are people (like me) who were waiting for Microsoft to get their act together in mobile. Microsoft's market share, small as it is, had to come from somewhere, and the cool kids certainly aren't the ones demanding windows phones.

And yes, we bought Android because it was by far the best product at the time. I'm not in the habit of shooting myself in the foot just to stay loyal to a software vendor. I had the original android dev phone as well as the G2.

I still love Android even though I'm on windows phone. I didn't leave Android for a single technical reason, I left because it bored me and I wanted to try something different. I've always told people if MS is still flailing in another year or two I will probably switch back. Now I'm not so sure as my opinion of google has dropped significantly.

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