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Not a day after Google snuck by the FTC and was cleared of any wrong doing with its services, Google has come out and blocked Windows Phone users from accessing maps.google.com. We first reported this issue yesterday and since then, it's become clear that Google's blocking of Windows Phone users from accessing the service has nothing to do with supporting the browser and has more to do with screwing the consumer.

We have posted Google's official response below, but in short, they state that they only support WebKit and IE is an unsupported browser:

The mobile web version of Google Maps is optimized for WebKit browsers such as Chrome and Safari. However, since Internet Explorer is not a WebKit browser, Windows Phone devices are not able to access Google Maps for the mobile web.

Now, if that really was the case, you would think that changing the UserAgent would result in a poor experience while using Windows Phone to access the service but that is far from the truth. The video you see below is the result of changing the UserAgent to something other than Windows Phone and guess what, Google's maps works just fine.

Why is this important? It's critical to note that the service works fine with Internet Explorer and this is nothing more than a shot at Microsoft that only impacts consumers. It's quite unfortunate that Google has gone down this path as it opens the door to many other scenarios such as what would happen if Google stopped supporting Gmail for Internet Explorer? 

This is not the first example of seeing Google target Windows Phone users as the company has said that it will not build Windows Phone applications and it is currently restricting YouTube access for WP users as well. It's a bit ironic too if you look at Google's corporate values which, first on their list states, "Focus on the user and all else will follow". They should probably add an asterisk to that and put a footnote that says "unless those consumers use Windows Phone".

Quote Via: TNW | Video: Tomverhoeff.nl



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"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." -- http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-57562259-94/google-to-make-maps-accessible-to-windows-phone-users/

Not that I don't find it kind of funny. I can't tell you how many times websites that don't support my browser work just fine if I mask it as IE.

O I love it when two superpowers work together to solve consumer issues.

This was a long time coming. What do you expect when you create a rival search engine?
Maybe Microsoft should counter by blocking Bing on Android phones!?

Anyway competition is good but as long as it doesn't hurt the consumer....but considering how low Windows Phone marketshare is I don't think many people will be harmed.

VGKing said:
This was a long time coming. What do you expect when you create a rival search engine?
Maybe Microsoft should counter by blocking Bing on Android phones!?

Anyway competition is good but as long as it doesn't hurt the consumer....but considering how low Windows Phone marketshare is I don't think many people will be harmed.


lol bing, that thing you see if you accidentally hit the left bumper on the 360 when you turn it on.... it's on other devices?! :o you lie.



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The same people that slag off MS and their supposed aggressive business practices now love Google for some reason. Google are the most aggressive, underhand business on the planet right now. Don't trust them one bit.

I'm not really here!

Link: Shipment History Since 1995

Poor Microsoft, a victim of shoddy business practices, what ever did they do to deserve this?

“It appeared that there had even been demonstrations to thank Big Brother for raising the chocolate ration to twenty grams a week. And only yesterday, he reflected, it had been announced that the ration was to be reduced to twenty grams a week. Was it possible that they could swallow that, after only twenty-four hours? Yes, they swallowed it.”

- George Orwell, ‘1984’

A fair game.

kowenicki said:
The same people that slag off MS and their supposed aggressive business practices now love Google for some reason. Google are the most aggressive, underhand business on the planet right now. Don't trust them one bit.


Somebody in this thread sounds butthurt, lol

 

Not talking about you, sir haha



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idk what team to root for lol