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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 05 Jan 2013, 04:04 1

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

No, becouse you are ignorant. I am the fan of msofts work, but not a troll sir...

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 05:47 2

65. MeoCao (unregistered)

if you are fine w/o Google that's your business. And remember to tell that to MS so they stop demanding Google's services.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:05 1

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

Well i am not actually talking about gmaps, i couldnt care less. I am talking about youtube, which google did not make they bought it, and then restricted acess to wp users, this my friend is illegal in most countries.
How would android users feel if msoft blocked skype usage on android phones? instead msoft is pushing updates to android tablets which make the service even better at no charge.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:22 1

72. MeoCao (unregistered)

Google does not restrict WP access to Youtube, you can use it on browsers I guess.

I don't use Skype but I think MS makes money off Skype. I think MS has the right to withdraw Skype from Android, that will make many people unhappy but that's MS right.

MS makes Skype and read-only Office available on Android only to serve MS business and not b-c of some kind of goodwill to Android users.

I think if Skype leaves Android its replacements will appear in no time and will surpass Skype very quickly.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 15:55 2

92. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Lol oh now I'm ignorant...well little boy you sound like a troll to me .."all other os camps wish they had the sleekness of wp". Uh huh sure.....well u have fun on your lame ass os. Damn I love jelly bean

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 23:33 3

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

what didn't you know? That there are many people using WP? hmm. I guess, you're blind. It's nothing compared to android, but still, there are many users in WP platform

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 01:36 3

59. MeoCao (unregistered)

MS is a predator and now it plays the role of victim. where is Netscape now? and many other big ideas that were stolen or strangled by MS dirty tricks.

WP is a near death platform and survives only on MS life support.

Too bad MS cannot rely on their monopolistic power here.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:16 6

20. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

There's something deeper here. How do we know Google is the culprit? What is their motivation if they are?

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:24 8

22. raphz (Posts: 37; Member since: 22 Oct 2012)

google is new evil, microsoft must ban chrome and other google product from windows

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 20:35 2

37. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)

You are saying google is evil and praising microsoft?????
go have some mental treatment..

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 22:43 1

48. talon95 (Posts: 753; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

I'm sorry but when people ask that microsoft put limitation on what we the consumer can do with the OS they are clearly not trying make a logical argument and just trolling. It's google's product and they can support who they wish but I'm betting that when windows has more than 2% of the market they will consider it.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 18:58 6

33. romeoc1984 (Posts: 24; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)

Google is starting to realize that Microsoft is a real threat and has activated hate mode on them!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 19:17 2

34. rajagopalan.k (Posts: 35; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)

looks like this post is a strategic attack on google by the microsoft's SCROOGLED crew.
afterall they openly admitted on making things as if it look like google is the villan.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 19:18 3

35. JeffPom (unregistered)

Nice Update....

But (read on Gizmodo - and in your comments section below...)

The reason is Google maps is designed for Webkit-based browsers. IE mobile is not such a browser.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 21:13 2

40. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Too many anti Google people in here, I wonder why Google doesn't support MS OS...perhaps it's because Google maps for mobile never supported IE. Perhaps MS should use WebKit to build IE and not their proprietary software. MS does not support open source which WebKit is part of the community of open source, of course MS defense force will say Google is blocking MS...Google likes money and advertising means dollars so blocking there stuff on Windows OS is dumb.
I don't even use IE, haven't in ages because it's spyware heaven, so I tend to use different browsers Firefox, Chrome and others.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:52

89. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You're joking about IE, right? It's current and recent (8+) iterations are among the most secure and stable browsers available. Safari and Firefox are like Swiss cheese in comparison.

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 21:28 1

41. big.e927 (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

Google provides a much more comprehensive, easy to use, and state of the art OS for users to manage than WP ever will. Microsoft is competition, yes, but it isn't Google's biggest concern. Google is sticking it to Microsoft for constantly and never missing a chance to talk s**t about Google. Not even ios talks as much crap about Google or anybody for that matter like Microsoft. Google-Android is an open OS, but Microsoft got it f**ked up when they thought that after all the trouble that they've caused with accusations of antitrust, they Google would just roll over and be begging to offer their apps to WP. Yeah... That's what kind of mentality you have when your head is shoved far up your ass.lol

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 21:33 3

42. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

The question is, why today? How come it worked yesterday or even last month? Webkit my ass!!!

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 21:35

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


posted on 04 Jan 2013, 22:09

45. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)

I don't understand whats the big deal?!
Google is going to benefit if more people use their services..
And they are fighting with the "fruit company" over many issues...still they support their platform...

People are suffering because of this "so-called" rivalry..
I have always viewed Google as a company that cared more about users than some bulls**t rivalry..
and considering Google technical capabilities, supporting another browser engine should be a piece of cake for them...anyways the desktop version supports the Trident engine..

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 01:43

61. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

only aim of google is to destroy competetion no matter what is costs and others have done it in past too. but google looks to go beyond just destroying others they are looking for total control of market with no other competetor left which is extemlely bad for moblie future

this is all because they cant provide good enough services like others do crapy thing from them so make it open so other fanboys and pros can fix them outside the company while apple and MS are busy making a full service from their own company google cant run very far with this style , first make crap then say its free to use and to debug and u can fix it your self

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 22:18

46. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 162; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)

If google refuses to support windows phone Microsoft should block access To google on windows, if that's not possible than they should block it on ie

posted on 04 Jan 2013, 22:45

49. itguyinto (Posts: 6; Member since: 18 Nov 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 00:58 2

54. zippolite28 (Posts: 107; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)

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

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 01:05 3

55. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 82; Member since: 24 Aug 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..

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 01:12 4

56. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 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.........

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 01:39 1

60. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 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

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:44

101. cdgoin (Posts: 571; Member since: 28 Jul 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 01:15 3

57. shreyas.s666 (Posts: 82; Member since: 24 Aug 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 01:28 2

58. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

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

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