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

Google Maps does work on Windows Phone's Internet Explorer browser according to video
On Friday, there was some contention about whether or not Google had purposely blocked the mobile web version of Google Maps on Windows Phone. The explanation that finally came out of Mountain View was that the site had been developed for WebKit browsers, like Safari and Chrome, and would not work on Internet Explorer. Thus, Google was supposedly being altruistic by blocking the app from Windows Phone.


To test that theory, Tom Verhoeff went into his phone and changed the user agent string from Windows Phone to Android, tricking the Google Maps application into thinking that it was going to run on an Android device when in reality, it was going to run on a Windows Phone model on Internet Explorer.


As you can see from the video below, not only was Google Maps functional on Internet Explorer, it also smoothly supported pinch-to-zoom, scroll, and was certainly responsive to touch. So once again, we are left to conclude that Google does not want to play nice with Microsoft.

source: TomVerhoeff via WMPoweruser

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56 Comments

1. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Google is the Microsoft of the 90ties.

3. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

7. Kan_wha

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 25, 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.

8. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

10. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

12. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

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

15. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

28. adk199

Posts: 23; Member since: Oct 04, 2012

Just my thought :-)

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 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.

13. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Microsoft isn't blocking any Google related product.

31. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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?

48. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 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...

53. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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..

55. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 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.

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.

2. kaliil10

Posts: 146; Member since: May 16, 2012

they are afraid about the development of the Windowsphone Os.

33. johnnh

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

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?

4. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

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

34. johnnh

Posts: 37; Member since: Dec 18, 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.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

6. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

27. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

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

9. ARITRA

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

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

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.

32. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

35. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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

41. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

38. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

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