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]: Stupid Google
by JAlexoid on Sun 6th Jan 2013 02:17 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Stupid Google"
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Anti-competitive means restricting competition. Locking out WP from using a service is not restricting competition in the mapping market. They effectively took themselves out of that market(WP browser based mapping apps), they have not prevented anyone from providing a competing service.

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RE[4]: Stupid Google
by BluenoseJake on Sun 6th Jan 2013 13:39 in reply to "RE[3]: Stupid Google"
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It amazes me the excuses people will make to give Google a pass, but will condemn MS for similar actions done 10 years ago.

Apple proved that without enough data, writing a useful, safe mapping app is not easy, but hey, Google isn't being anti-competitive, they only have 98% share of mapping usage in mobile.

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RE[5]: Stupid Google
by JAlexoid on Mon 7th Jan 2013 14:26 in reply to "RE[4]: Stupid Google"
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I gave you the definition of what is anti-competitive and you chose to interpret that as a pass for Google? (You seem to think that any action that harms your competitor in any way is anti-competitive, which is not true)

Microsoft was never condemned for pulling IE from Mac, even though IE had the dominant position as the browser. You know why? Because removing yourself from a market segment is not anti-competitive.

The fact that Apple could write an app that is in direct competition to Google's app only reinforces the claim that Google has done nothing to restrict competition in that market. Therefore is not anti-competitive by definition.

Edited 2013-01-07 14:28 UTC

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