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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, 05:37 2

64. Awsan (Posts: 7; Member since: 04 Jan 2013)

Who needs Google Maps when you have Nokia maps

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 06:22 1

66. Leo_MC (Posts: 2685; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

In Europe Google wont be able to do such a dumb thing.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:20 1

71. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 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?

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 09:38 1

74. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 11:15 1

83. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 12:58

106. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 14:10

108. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 11:21 3

85. newlife1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 05 Jan 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 13:43

91. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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?

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:42

100. cdgoin (Posts: 570; Member since: 28 Jul 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 14:26

109. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 11:49 3

86. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:41

99. cdgoin (Posts: 570; Member since: 28 Jul 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..

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:32 2

87. asingha94 (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Apr 2012)

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

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 12:48 1

88. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 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

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 18:32 1

95. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 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.

posted on 05 Jan 2013, 21:38 1

97. cdgoin (Posts: 570; Member since: 28 Jul 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 03:35

102. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 17:52

112. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

you need to read more on this...thanks

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 07:37

103. parikshit.shah (Posts: 1; Member since: 06 Jan 2013)

Now Google feeling heat of Nokia Lumia.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 17:51

111. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

lol, lol

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 13:08 1

107. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 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.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 17:43

110. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

'it now seems that Internet Explorer never did support the site. '

Good old MS

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