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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Exactly right. These are, in the end, all greedy corporations. There is no morality, there is only convenience. Google is kind (or semi-kind, and tolerable) to the open source community because it is convenient for them, not because of some moral high ground they take.

As soon as it becomes unattractive to them, they show their teeth and act as any other corporation would.

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tylerdurden Member since:

Indeed. Just like how Microsoft's recent "openness" is due mainly to external legal pressure and to the fact that they are having a hard time penetrating certain markets where they can't leverage their desktop monopoly, not because they have any sort of moral drive to play nice with others.

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Nelson Member since:

Sure. I can agree with that. Its a business decision, not because they like Android, or iOS or anything.

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