Google blocking Windows Phone from maps.google.com
Android and iOS users. Take YouTube. The video streaming site has a native app available for iOS and Android devices while those using Windows Phone must turn to a third party app like MetroTube or use the mobile YouTube website.
Google now has ratcheted things up to the next level by blocking Windows Phone 7.8 and Windows Phone 8 users from using the browser on their phone to access maps.google.com. Even if your phone is set up in desktop mode, those trying to go to the maps.google.com web site will be redirected to Google's mobile search page. What is weird is that over in the U.K., maps.google.co.uk still works.
As tough as the Microsoft-Google rivalry is, the Apple-Samsung one might be even more venomous. Still, we wonder if Google has shoot itself in the foot by not allowing an entire platform to access its work.