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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RE[2]: All RDF'd up
by BallmerKnowsBest on Mon 7th Jan 2013 16:54 UTC in reply to "RE: All RDF'd up"
BallmerKnowsBest
Member since:
2008-06-02

Google loves open source and open standards and when they don't it's actually the fault of their ebil megacorp enemies like Microsoft and Apple.


I doubt that even the most naive, starry-eyed of freetards believes that. But it does make a convenient strawman for people desperate to jump on the "it's cool to hate Google" bandwagon: they can criticize Google for failing to live up to a completely unrealistic standard, that they (Google) never held themselves to in the first place.

Google will release to the source to their search engine, docs and internal Linux build at any second.


Not that either has any direct relevance to open standards. But hey, this is OSNews, where the only positions on any topic are wholly-for or wholly-against. So if Google uses open standards, but doesn't go full-blown freetard, then that must make them hypocrites, right?

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RE[3]: All RDF'd up
by ze_jerkface on Tue 8th Jan 2013 05:58 in reply to "RE[2]: All RDF'd up"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

I don't believe that Google loves or even likes open source.

It's really that simple.

I think they are more like the borg in that they want to assimilate open source in pursuit of their own goals but they don't have any emotional attachment to it.

You can't love open source and promote Flash. It's like being a beer loving mormon. You gotta pick one or I'm not going to take your seriously. They're contradictory positions. I realize Google has a lot of fanboys here but I think they are being duped.

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RE[4]: All RDF'd up
by Valhalla on Wed 9th Jan 2013 13:55 in reply to "RE[3]: All RDF'd up"
Valhalla Member since:
2006-01-24

I don't believe that Google loves or even likes open source.

It's really that simple.

If we say for arguments sake that you are right, then open source in general is still benefiting greatly from Google's attempt to pass themselves off as a open source loving company.

Lot's of the open source projects I enjoy using have gotten great benefits from the Google Summer of Code drive, they've directly contributed code to tools I use every day professionaly, Linux, GCC, Clang/LLVM, I'm currently dabbling in Go, a free open source programming language they've created and support, they've released an open source, royalty free video codec, android, chromeOS, the v8 javascript engine, the dalvik vm, etc

As you professed, you are not a fan of open source so you likely have no interest in any of the above offerings, but for those of us who do like open source Google likely comes across quite favourably.

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