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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"So, do tell me, what did all the end-users do to Google in order to deserve being locked out?

Well, according to Google's own words, they were saved the hassle of a buggy experience with their services.

"We know better than you so we're just going to go ahead and decide things for you!" -- quite a few dictators.

And another silly jab at Microsoft. If you'd cared to pay any attention you would've noticed already that IE10 is actually pretty standards-compliant and offers a perfectly useable experience.

Yes. Because bugs don't happen. IE10 is perfect. [/q]

Wow, someone is really hanging on to a tangent.

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UltraZelda64 Member since:

"We know better than you so we're just going to go ahead and decide things for you!" -- quite a few dictators.

Including... Microsoft? :shock:

Wow, someone is really hanging on to a tangent.

No, I'm hanging on to reality. Nothing is perfect. Some things are better than others at certain functions, and if there's one place that this could not have been more true, it's web browsers. Replace IE10 with any version of any browser and choose something to compare and there will be trade-offs.

This just so happens to be about Google "web app" on one particular variant of a web browser. What am I supposed to do? Slam Chrome for being Google's Webkit-based browser and actually working properly and feel sorry for poor ol' Microsoft? Directly from TFA (emphasis added):

The thing is - it worked just fine until the redirect. Probably not as optimally as it would on Chrome for Android or Safari for iOS, but it was hardly truly bad. In fact, you can still visit Google Maps on your WP device today through some links not yet blocked or by changing the user agent, and it seems to work well enough.

Maybe, just maybe, that "well enough" was not, well, well enough for Google. I think they could have handled this a bit better. For example, land the user on a page stating that the service is not working quite up to Google's standards on that particular OS/browser combo with a statement that it is expected to be working "soon" followed by a link to the main Google page, instead of an outright redirect. But they didn't do that, oh well.

Google probably figured there were not enough Google users on Windows phones to really care. If that is the case, Microsoft has been, time and time again, guilty of the same exact stuff considering their operating system's prominence in computers and their tendency to make drastic questionable changes. "Oh, 250 million is only a fraction of the total number PC users out there. Who cares if we piss such a small percentage off." Windows 8 is especially teeming with that kind of mentality.

The difference here is, Windows Phone still is a minority platform. And everyone knows it. Including Google.

Edited 2013-01-06 18:27 UTC

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