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Google blocking Windows Phone from maps.google.com

0. phoneArena posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:15

Google refuses to build some of its apps for Windows Phone models, like YouTube for instance, but now the Mountain View based tech titan has taken things a step farther by blocking Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8 users from accessing its maps.google.com web site; even if your phone's browser is set to desktop, trying to load the site will result in you being re-directed to Google's mobile search page...

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posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:16 25

1. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

If M$ drop all their law suits and payment for each android hand set against Android may be Google will allow to put their search engine on Windows Phone. But that's what u get when u try to sue someone or BAN them

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:37 37

12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Google isn't blocking WP8 from accessing mobile maps. Google Maps mobile has never supported Internet Explorer, and is designed for Webkit-based browsers (aka almost every other mobile browser available).

I've e-mailed Alan to edit this post, but I just wanted to put this info here since people are obviously going to go nuts on this post.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:46 1

14. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

ok thats cool. I was just saying cause you know how M$ doesn't want to compete because they don't have enough app support for their WP8 OS and their trying to BAN or get money from Android. And i wish you Michael can tell your other journalist collegue could tell them not to post any BAD OR stupid patent articles.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 09:31

113. Mobile-X-Pert (Posts: 565; Member since: 20 Dec 2010)

But still, all the MS service are available for Android and IOS, why cant Google do the same for Windows phone???? Eh

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:48 5

15. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

But still, BS for google for not supporting WP. wow, that's like apple with google maps, on the opposite way. They could get more lawsuit doing this, I guess. Antitrust, again?

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:19 6

21. cncrim (Posts: 911; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

Antitrust? when someone keep take you to court, buy android problem solve.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:53 1

16. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

o wow.........good job michael ...............great job infact, surely had me going

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:29 1

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

Wait, but how come the uk site works in ie then? im confused :P

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:38 1

28. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

This is a good question? Whats so different about the UK?

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:51 5

31. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

As you can see in the video, the UK site is not the version of Maps designed for mobile, it's the desktop site coming through. Mobile Google Maps doesn't support IE, desktop does.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:40 1

75. PotDragon (banned) (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Jul 2011)

Why not at least use a wp8 handset before spreading misinformation? Huh, Michael? That would be a change; you commenting in an informed correct way.


Clearly seeing that YouTube app now, Michael? Sigh.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:38

90. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Michael didnt write this article...and he never mentioned the Youtube app in the comments here. Reading is fundamental?

Btw....read the coments about that "Youtube" app in the WP store....

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:35 4

27. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

OOHHHH..... Nothing to see here, move along folks....lol.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:56 1

32. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

haha exactly! :)

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:43 5

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

and yet maps.google.co.uk worked without a problem (for a short while anyhow. google is indeed blocking access to its map servers in some form, which I find rather amusing given both Nokia Maps and Bing Maps are very competent alternatives. Perhaps google should be more worried about the trend back to Internet Explorer.... Oh wait they are, which is precisely why they're trying to pull this type of s**t.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 10:42

77. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

1. If Bing and Nokia Maps are good alternatives, whats the problem? This isnt like Apple Maps vs Google Maps. For Google to give up ad revenue it has to be something they feel is important enough to do IF they really are blocking it. Maybe they see it as a waste because those 2 are good alternatives. What I find funny is some WP users are upset.....even with those two good alternatives....

2. I dont think Google is worried about a trend back to IE.. I installed IE9 and if anything Google should feel flattered... lol. And many ppl still use FF. Opera is a good browser. I would use either of them as a main browser before IE on desktops. I only use IE for compatibility checks....like if I have login problems on FF i try it on IE.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 23:28 3

50. steelicon (Posts: 318; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)

Everyone is pointing fingers at Google. How do we know that Microsoft DID NOT RIG this DRAMA in the first place? How do we know that this is RETALIATION from Google themselves? Google could be a victim of Microsoft framing them up to cause an uproar thereby creating BAD PUBLICITY for Google and GOOD PUBLICITY for Microsoft.

Microsoft as an underdog? Bah, bad taste in the mouth, *PWEH*

You got it coming, Microsoft. You made your bed now lie on it. Just desserts. Have your cake and eat it, too.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 10:43

79. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

Poor Steelicon...still bitter that Nokia dumped Symbian.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 08:29 1

68. MartyK (Posts: 949; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

Thank you Michael, I'm sure he deleted your email; because he dislike everything Google.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:33

73. rms.max (Posts: 95; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)

so u r saying pa didn't do that intentionally..?

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 10:42

76. bon24x7 (Posts: 211; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

Please explain this @MichaelHeller or anyone..A little confused here..


posted on 05 Jan 2013, 10:49

80. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I think what happened there is the desktop version loaded...thanks for this post.

Like I mentioned before...did anyone try to see if the desktop version worked on WP for maps.google.com, ike it did with that uk url?

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 11:12

82. bon24x7 (Posts: 211; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

@thnx man...i did see that its the desktop version, so it means atleast the desktop version works or used to work but not anymore...why not now...dats the question...if mispelling windows phone as user agent makes it work then that does sound fishy...sad to see a nice company like google becoming evil...:(

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 11:18

84. bon24x7 (Posts: 211; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

ohh n it doesn't work on UC browser either in desktop mode...

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 10:42 1

78. ReturningToNokia (Posts: 130; Member since: 09 Jul 2011)

In other words, Michael, Google is incompetent? You see, Google Maps had been working on WP since 2010; it took Google over two years to 'realize' that they weren't supposed to support mobile I.E.? Perfect timing, given their protestations of not supporting WP products.

Yes, incompetent; or just vindictive. I'd wager, both.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:23

96. Just_a_boy (Posts: 183; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

IE 10 does support Webkit, Google is afraid of the current raising of the WP marketshare.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 07:46

104. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

This is an amazing story thats out now....lol:


Thats from 2010...key words in your post Michael: mobile...mobile...

I wonder how many ppl will even bother to even read it. Google Maps....mobile..........was never supported in IE....mobile....

Mobile.....WOW. And IE 10 just came out....All I will say Michael is keep doing what you do. Bringing us as unbiased as possible opinions and views of Android, iOS, WP, etc. I dont wanna say anymore and risk a ban...lol.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 21:33 3

43. MeoCao (unregistered)

Some people are talking about anti trust: Office is a monopoly, but MS don't release a full version to Android, should MS be fined for that?

And nobody ever talked anything about Instagram dropping Tweeter either.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 17:20 9

2. JGuinan007 (Posts: 692; Member since: 19 May 2011)

That doesn't sound Googley why would they do that the more devices that use google apps the more ad rev they get sounds like they are shooting themselves in the foot I would expect something like this from Apple or MS but not Google.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:41 4

29. windroid (unregistered)

I'm with you, not expecting some actions Google is taking against Windows users, some dirty actions from a fantastic company.

If they start to think that most (if not all) of Google apps are made in a Windows PC... sad if they don’t want to support windows platform anymore as they stated before.

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