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Google Maps does work on Windows Phone's Internet Explorer browser according to video

0. phoneArena 05 Jan 2013, 12:26 posted on

Yesterday there was a bit of contention over whether or not Google had purposely blocked the mobile version of Google Maps from Windows Phone handsets and the response from Mountain View was that the application had been designed for WebKit browsers, not for the Internet Explorer browser on Windows Phone; however, a new video shows that this explanation might not be entirely true...

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posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:31 9

1. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Google is the Microsoft of the 90ties.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:35 8

3. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


It started of with Youtube, Google has done just about anything to block any Windows Phone apps trying to use Youtube, luckily we have some great programmers on our side who could find a fix within days. Then we have the whole sync stuff and now Google Maps.

Google is actively trying to squish all life out of Windows Phone before it becomes a direct threat to Google. Strong Lumia and 8X sales may indicate Windows Phone is slowly gaining. (Windows Phone may well beat Android in Finland and Italy ((not just yet of course)) Apple and Microsoft always get scrutinized for everything they do, I wonder why Google never gets the same treatment.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:59 7

7. Kan_wha (Posts: 88; Member since: 25 Jun 2012)


Strong Lumia and 8X sales? Really? Where did you get that from? WP8 has a terrible GUI and so does Windows 8. I'd say MS got whats coming to them.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:03 6

8. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Just check the previous article, it mentions the HTC8X, and their have been countless articles about the Lumia 920 being out of stock due to demand.

Thanks for stating your opinion as fact. I like the Windows (Phone) 8 GUI.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:26 3

10. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Out of stock isn't always an indication of doing well..there's always the chance that the initial stock availability was small also am sure if sales were in the millions then Nokia and HTC would be happily boasting the numbers... Also after seeing the recent market share windows phone has not gained much so I guess until we get some solid numbers will never know.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:30 2

12. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I guess we will find out in the financial results of Nokia. I'm quite eager to find out.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:46 3

15. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


The nexus 4 is out of stock too... Its been since launch just saying

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 17:32

28. adk199 (Posts: 23; Member since: 04 Oct 2012)


Just my thought :-)

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:28 3

11. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Who knows maybe if Microsoft stops trying to attack google with childish things like droid rage, gmail man and scroogled then maybe windows will get some decent Google apps...funny thing is Microsoft claim all there stuff is better than googles etc and they are complaining that Google apps don't work on windows.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:31 4

13. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Microsoft isn't blocking any Google related product.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 18:10 2

31. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


And I dont think Google is blocking any MS related product...Google is accused of blocking Google related products...

?

And the sync stuff....that probably a cost saving move. Doesnt Google have to lisence Active Sync from MS?

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 00:30

48. amansingal14 (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Google is blocking microsoft related products.

I think microsoft should release an update to win7 and win8 removing support of any browser except Trident ones, and then block all google related sites saying that all browsers but trident ones are prone to malicious software and hack, whilst Google supports only WebKit browsers...

Then maybe Google, after loosing their 40-50% userbase, understand how much dependent it is on MS...

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 07:31 1

53. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


How is Google blocking MS related products? IE was never available on Android....I can access Bing Maps from my Android phone...Bing Search too. Google is blocking its own products....Why dont MS just block Bing Maps and Search from being accessed on Android? Tit for Tat?

How about this.....in Windows...I cannot access Windows Update thru ANY browser but IE....since you wanna bring up desktop. Now...is that considered blocking? Funny how some ppl forget about that...

And its funny....you bringing up desktop things...this is about mobile...seeing as how the desktop version was working somewhat on WP....I dont see how anyone can bring up desktop stuff...

Everybody is up in arms about this....where is IE for Android? Anyone? Consider that blocking? I dont see anyone up in arms about IE not being available for Android..

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 11:38

55. tasior (Posts: 220; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


This article proves, that Google is blocking MS related product. I understand this tactic, but I always thought that it is used by MS, and Apple, not Google.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:11

42. MeoCao (unregistered)


You just don't know what you are talking about. MS is never shy of using dirty tricks to crush innovation, even in 90s.

Google is a different kind of company (until now at least): it's an open company and believes in fair competition.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:32 9

2. kaliil10 (Posts: 145; Member since: 16 May 2012)


they are afraid about the development of the Windowsphone Os.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 18:19

33. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


they are not afraid, they are just making manufacturers that have both wp8 and android think that it's a bad bet. Wp works with microsoft small ecosystem, furthermore that stupid zune pc suite is so unnecessary. Android works exceptionally with google's ecosystem and supports very well microsoft ecosystem so the one that supports more is better in some way. Manufacturers are enterpreuners and are betting on windows when it's hard that a third platform gets in the game.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:34

44. MeoCao (unregistered)


that's silly, WP can never compete with Android b-c MS is slow, ineffective and w/o innovtion.

And why should Google help MS?

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:39 6

4. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Google why're you doing this to microsoft ? Why not apple instead of microsoft?

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 18:22

34. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


apple has a large number of legacy fans, it's the second platform with only one model, it would be very stupid to avoid almost 40% of the smartphone marketshare. Steve Balmer is nuts, so the whole thing just makes sense.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:41 9

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5850; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Why should Google play 'nice' with MS? MS has demanded royalties in the range of $10/phone from the universe of Android phone manufacturers. Perhaps Google should charge MS $10/seat for a gMaps app for WP8? Somehow, I suspect MS would pass on that opportunity.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:44 8

6. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Because manufacturers using Android are infringing on Microsoft patents, otherwise it would just be downright stealing. Companies know they would not have a chance in court and decide to pay royalties to MS.

This is very different.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 17:23

27. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


And i suppose msoft should charge every android user that is using skype? Dont be an idiot.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:22 2

9. ARITRA (Posts: 43; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


remember the "gmail man" and "googlighting guy"? if google is so bad then why use gmail or youtube or map? hehehe

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 17:47 1

29. windroid (unregistered)


Goggle is a fantastic company, with fantastic apps everybody loves, so why blocking them?!? I appreciate when a company plays fair and square and wins their place in the market by being better not by blocking others.
It's just a terrible attitude that only going to hurt google image, hope they change it soon.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 18:18

32. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


The thing is....MS has Bing for search and Bing and Nokia Maps.....this would help them and their services, right?

Its not like Google is blocking Bing search on Android phones. And I dont even know if Nokia Maps is even available on Android phones.

The more posts I see about this...the more I dont understand what ppl are upset about...lol. This actually helps MS. Like Google Maps not being available for iOS woulda helped Apple. Too bad Apple Maps wasnt that good.

So what MS should do is block Bing Maps on Android phones....but there are many more Android users than WP. This actually helps MS and some of yall dont even realize it.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 18:26

35. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I just checked...Bing Maps is available on Android phones. So....lets look at the scenario:

Bing Maps availble on Android and WP. 2-0

Google Maps available on Android, Google Maps isnt for WP unless you do some in depth hacking. 1-1

Thats Bing Maps 2, Google Maps 1. See the bigger picture? Doesnt explain why its on iOS. More users? Google Maps even disappeard on iOS after Apple Maps came out. Apple couldnt take advantage.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 19:07

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Actually many of MS apps are crap or look like crap in the android version.... I think they do it on purpose. But I don't think Google is dumb enough to produce any bad press, they should be aiming for something on the lines of "our hero Google now has maps on windows Phone" the least Google needs is a bad campaign

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 19:12

41. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea....its a catch 22 to me...

Ppl that like Google services are kinda out of luck right now on WP. At the same time...MS needs to take advantage of the opportunity and get their products and services noticed, used more.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 19:01 1

38. joey_sfb (Posts: 3001; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Someone at Google must be smoking crack when he/she made the decide to block windows. Android is never their core business, its Ads and multiple platform that drive their business.

Android is their insurance policy.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:37 2

14. lumia920 (Posts: 107; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)


google will be next netscape.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 14:01 1

16. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


That user agent says

Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.3.4; fr-fr; HTC Desire Build/GRJ22)

Android is up to 4 now...I wonder does that makes a difference...Tom Verhoeff also said he changed his proxy...if that means anything...

Anyway....did anyone check to see if FULL functionality was there vs Android and iOS versions? Not just pinck to zoom snd scrolling? Some users are reporting its not fully functional...l had some suspicions about some things....I dont wanna say too much...yet.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 14:04 1

17. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


He made Google Maps think his Windows Phone was an Android. Magically it worked..

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 14:07 1

18. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thats also an old version of Android in the user agent. How about making the user agent an older versionof WP? Anyone try that? Or an older version of IE for WP? Looks like its on IE10.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 14:16

19. bon24x7 (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)


it doesn't work on any version of WP...

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 15:20 3

24. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Ok...thanks for more info. Just trying not to shoot first and ask questions later.

At the end of the day...MS and WP users shouldnt even care. Thats more ppl using MS products. MS already had a Scroogled ad to drive ppl to Bing....so MS should be happy...

Google data mines, right? GMail sucks, right? Be happy WP users...the big bad Google is trying to distances themselves from WP

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 17:03 1

26. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5480; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


There is no magic.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 14:32 2

22. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I can tell you... For starters the navigation icon is out of proportion, what others bugs it may have is what's left to investigate

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 14:20 1

20. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1238; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


No one objected yesterday because only 3% actually have windows phone.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 14:30 1

21. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Don't km now about the work but the icons are odd, look at the navigation icon proportion compared with the others

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 15:02

23. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


wht the hell who is messing around with the news yes no no yes yes yes no no ahrrhrhrhrh plz stop it does it does not news :\

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 15:38 1

25. MartyK (Posts: 714; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


This is a easy fix, MS NEED to make their own mapping system! or allow their end-user to download Google Chrome/ Safari!.

Everyone always crying " Get a Job" when a person want something for free, but let a corporation want something for free, then it's a different story.

So if you brought MS products and you know MS/Google/Apple is having problems, don't be surprise if the other company pull their products from another company!.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 01:03

52. haseebzahid (Posts: 1831; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


MS has their own maps indirectly for wp... its called nokia maps if someone is not using it he is dumbass unless the maps are not supported in his area

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 17:50 2

30. windroid (unregistered)


Goggle is a fantastic company, with fantastic apps everybody loves, so why blocking them?!? I appreciate when a company plays fair and square and wins their place in the market by being better not by blocking others.
It's just a terrible attitude that only going to hurt google image, hope they change it soon.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 18:44

36. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


lmfao.. Google's own PR department here at phone arena were quick to address the negative backlash. Here's one to try on for size - Windows Phone users don't give a flying f*c* about whether or not google services work on our handsets.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 18:57 1

37. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Apparently they do enough to post this

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 19:02

39. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Windows Phone users don't give a flying f*c* about whether or not google services work on our handsets."

Its hard to tell....lol.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:31

43. gopi.sankar (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Still not working in India. Tried with HTC 8X.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 00:36

50. amansingal14 (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Try Nokia Maps
Much-much better

(Using Lumia 920 bought in USA, using in Delhi)

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:39

45. steelicon (Posts: 313; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)


GMaps not available for phone and mobile UA. Also m.facebook.com disabled photo uploads. What's the world come to? 0.o

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:47

46. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Facebook? I thought they were working together with MS...

Uh oh.....Facebook doesnt want WP to succeed!!!!! Shame on you Facebook!!! Come on folks, join me in calling out Facebook!!

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 23:27 1

47. Igneel (unregistered)


At least Google didn't block any Windows PC from using the Google Maps :P

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 00:37

51. amansingal14 (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


It couldn't
who wants to lose 40-50% userbase like whoosh?

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 07:37

54. jroc74 (Posts: 4934; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Thank goodness this is about mobile and not desktop.....

It would be nice if MS made Windows Update available to Chrome users. Or FF users, or Opera users...I have to keep IE installed for ease of use when updating or do it manually...

What some folks fail to realize is Google Maps was probably never available for WP. And the desktop version on WP was probably hit or miss. This is from 2010:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/google-maps-js-api-v3/LnNdE0fJkAo

If ppl even bother to research...

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 00:31 1

49. amansingal14 (Posts: 289; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)


Google is blocking microsoft related products.

I think microsoft should release an update to win7 and win8 (all phone and desktop ones) removing support of any browser except Trident ones, and then block all google related sites saying that all browsers but trident ones are prone to malicious software and hack, whilst Google supports only WebKit browsers...

Then maybe Google, after loosing their 40-50% userbase, understand how much dependent it is on MS... Also theres Nokia Maps

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 17:36

56. networkdood (Posts: 6274; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


oh poor, poor microsoft, I feel so sorry for them....

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