Google blocking Windows Phone from maps.google.com

Google blocking Windows Phone from maps.google.com
UPDATE: Has Google blocked Windows Phone users from its maps.google.com site? While it might appear that way, it now seems that Internet Explorer never did support the site. But that still begs the question, why? And while no recent changes were made to block Windows Phone users from the Google Maps web site, the latter has worked on WebKit enabled browsers, not Internet Explorer. If no changes were made, and Google has blocked Windows Phone users from using its applications like YouTube, it still could be due to hard feelings between the two companies. So instead of saying that Google blocked Windows Phone from maps.google.com, perhaps the more accurate way to portray what happened is to say that Google is not supporting Windows Phone for its apps.

source: TheNextWeb

Google already has been preventing Windows Phone users from having the ability to experience the apps that Google has to offer 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.

source: WMPoweruser

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112 Comments

110. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Huh? 'it now seems that Internet Explorer never did support the site. ' Good old MS

107. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

Google, Microsoft, Apple.... it doesn't matter which company we are referring to. All of these companies are going to make decisions based of what could potentially make them the most money. While each one of them have their own unique approach to this, none of them is above using underhanded methods to improve their position. They all make money from the competition because of patents that they own. They all hope to become the dominant force in every service that they offer. None of them are good/evil, they are all just companies trying to make money.

103. parikshit.shah

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 06, 2013

Now Google feeling heat of Nokia Lumia.

111. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

lol, lol

102. jackhammeR

Posts: 1548; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Looks like google followed in apple's footsteps. The feel threatened so they start using messy gimickry. Blocking youtube, google maps...coincidence? Heck, no. Do it google and you will be preceived as the successor to cupertino team. Losing shares will be just a matter of time. people don't like to be told what to do or what to buy. Look at Nokia. They're going to share with their maps. They're preparing it even for IOS.

112. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

you need to read more on this...thanks

97. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Who cares..? Bing Maps with voice directions is AWESOME, and Nokia Drive is no slouch.. MS (UNLIKE Apple) doesn't need google maps. If Google wants to play this game I am sure MS can make Skype not work so well with Android.. Too me sounds like Google feels threatened by WP taking a good chunk of its sales over the holiday season.

95. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I just posted about this in that other article. Some folks are not thinking clearly. Lets say Google is blocking it. Doesnt that help Bing Maps and Nokia Maps? I can see if Google was blocking Bing Maps on Android, but they are not. This actually helps MS. Isnt that what the pro WP folks want? WP to have advantages? If everybody on WP used Google Maps...whats the use of Bing Maps, Nokia Maps? If you wanna use Google Maps and you on WP.....right now you cant. To me....the success of WP and MS services might be bigger than users using Google services.

88. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Why would anyone want to use Google's maps on Windows Phone anyway? Bing and Nokia maps (becoming almost the same thing) is superior in every way I use them, excepting Street View, and that I only use on desktop since I have Nokia City Lens

87. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

nokia maps ftw...i dont need google maps!

86. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Has Apple ever stooped this low? I know I'm risking lots of thumbs down for "hating" on Google but this is a very very disgusting move, the company is on a crusade against Windows Phone, they act like they are innocence themselves but in the mean time they are the most evil ("don't be evil") company in the world. Because of this I'm also stopping with using Google services, luckily Apple and Microsoft offer most services just as good. An absolute disgrace.

99. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Google I think is taking their place a little hard.. and not realizing what they are doing now was the downfall of Apple in the PC market in the 90s and MS in the Mobile world in the last part of the 00s.. Acting like they are is a quick way to get everyone to change their opinion of them, as drop as fast that rose..

85. newlife1

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 05, 2013

Almost everyone here sounds ignorant. For one, I've been able to use Google maps on my HD7 since 2010. I was also able to use it a few months ago also on my sec Gen WP. Never tried on wp8, but for people to actually agree that its a "webkit" problem is totally clueless. All you people are ass kissers because you go to bed with google products. I for one never disliked Google, and I do know about Microsoft's practices, but Microsoft is definitely doing more than Google or Apple when it comes to supplying Apps. Apple should be the only company never to have anyone else appssunce they don't have anything good anyway. The trident engine is definitely a faster rendering more compliant browser then some others. Google is digging an expensive grave if all of this is found to be malicious. since they made these moves, I have totally moved away from Google services. Microsoft lobbying, Google lobbying, everyone is evil in some way, Google just not to shy nowadays.

91. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Maybe....just maybe....there is something in WP8 that doesnt make it work or work as well vs WP7? Its not about being in bed or lusting after a company...its about stepping out and looking at the bigger picture. How about a poll of ppl that used it on WP before and after WP8 came out. When a guy changed something in the user agent....it redirected to the desktop version...that points more to a mobile version issue than out right blocking. I have to use Desktop mode for Yahoo Sports on my Android phone....because the mobile version sucks. Maybe the mobile version of Google Maps isnt too good on WP8?

100. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

No one I know that had WP used Google Maps anyway.. since Mango the native App was awesome to the point it wasn't worth trying to figure a way to use Google Maps anyway. Personally in over a year the native app has never let me down.. works awesome.

109. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

The problem is that it forces you into the mobile version when you try to view it in desktop mode. That means it has been specifically coded to do so.

71. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Wow. Come on guys I know there are people here that are more intelligent than their comments show. Its a WebKit issue . Ie mobile isn't WebKit based. Google makes money off of ads. Why would they purposely block another revenue alley?

74. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

You are asking ppl that hate for the sake of hating to be rationale....you will have better luck trying to win the lottery...lol. maps.google.com didnt work....but an alternate url did...and ppl are looking at that as Google blocking access to maps overall. THEN...the uk site was the full desktop version...did anyone even check to see if the US url worked for the desktop version of IE on WP ? Of course.....ppl wont look at that....some will just find a way to hate for the sake of hating. Its cool tho....many pro Android folks hate on Apple for no reasons too....pro WP folks, etc. It is what it is. "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." Keywords: webkit amd mobile.

83. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

Its just funny. I mean look at it this way. If Google were purposely blocking competitors, then why does iOS have access. I think Google would block iOS first before they would even bother with wp.

106. Bilpocalypse

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 13, 2012

When you try to access the full website version of Google maps on IE for WP, google redirects you to the mobile version of Google. This happens every time. Its more than just a webkit issue. I personally don't care, as I have never used Google maps and the Nokia Maps/Drive combo does just fine for me. I bear no ill will towards Google, but it does seem as if they are intentionally blocking it.

108. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Some browsers....you have to put it in Desktop Mode. Is that available for IE on WP? Like on my Android phone....it will always bring up the desktop version of Yahoo Sports unless I manually switch to Desktop Mode or version.

64. Awsan

Posts: 7; Member since: Jan 04, 2013

Who needs Google Maps when you have Nokia maps

58. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

this is plain madness having grudges againt each other like 2 year old kids

57. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

Oh come on ppl,stop worshiping Google for every thing they do.why do google needs to support maps for apple?why only after nokia and several companies started developing maps for apple?stop being a fanboy.

56. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

So long for 'do no evil'.......... Google is showing it's true motto now, 'do evil'......... But WP users don't need google maps, they already have better alternative in form of Nokia maps.........

60. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

yes nokia maps are detailed and accurate much more but in some countries they dont offer any map like mine only main highways which they have other reasons like lack of security for their employees and gov regulations google maps is only good to fill those gaps

101. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Not just Nokia Apps, the native WP maps program is good too.. Actually to be honest, other than the downloading for off network use. I find the MS version better.

55. shreyas.s666

Posts: 83; Member since: Aug 24, 2012

i think WP users don't need to worry about it.they have bing search,bing maps.if someone have Nokia they have nokia maps. as simple..

54. zippolite28

Posts: 107; Member since: Sep 28, 2012

I am fine with Noka Bing Maps .... ;-)

49. itguyinto

Posts: 6; Member since: Nov 18, 2012

It does not work on the blackberry playbook too ... And rim sold about 2mill of those. Who knows if it will work on bb10.

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