Google caving in, working on a ‘fix’ to allow WP phones to access google maps

| January 6, 2013 | 22 Replies


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At the start of the weekend, there was a flurry of news about Google actively prohibiting their services onto Windows Phones.

Whilst some sites said WP wasn’t able to use Google Maps in I.E. some others tested this, and showed that well, actually it does work as long as you switch the user agent to anything other than Windows Phone.

Though, Google does stand by the claims that maps didn’t work on WP so they sent all users to redirect.

The statement on he Next Web via engadget from Google:

“In our last test, IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience with no ability to pan or zoom and perform basic map functionality. As a result, we chose to continue to redirect IE mobile users to where they could at least make local searches. The Firefox mobile browser did offer a somewhat better user experience and that’s why there is no redirect for those users”

Google also acknowledges recent improvements in I.E. Mobile. What recent improvements? All I recall is google maps suddenly not working.

Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect. We will continue to test Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to ensure the best possible experience for users.

Cheers Arun for the heads up!



Category: Lumia, Nokia, Windows Phone

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  • Chris

    “Recent improvements” could mean the release of WP8 with a newer version of IE.

    Either way, I think something’s up at Google as suddenly they think that refusing users will further their business. This stunt with Maps could suggest that in addition there’s opposing forces inside Google about this anti-Microsoft Stuff

  • Andrew_b

    Perhaps someone has made Google “an offer they couldn’t refuse”?

  • Deep Space Bar

    Should have moved to Android and this problem wouldn’t exist LOL

    • JamesSB

      Naw,i don’t like laggy, malware ridden OS’s like Android, from that evil Google.

  • Vinz

    How about a youtube fix ?

    • I’m relatively happy with the YouTube offering on WP. MetroTube is brilliant and the mobile website seems on par with most other platform.
      Suppose only thing you can’t do on WP is upload videos.

      • Vinz

        I’m expecting a Youtube app thought , but at least we have the mobile website 🙂

  • JGrove303

    It’s bullcrap. Google is f’in’ with WP users to make a point, they don’t want to support the usurper platform, even before it’s user base gets to par on numbers.

    • dr_zorg

      No danger of that. WP was dead before conception.

      • migo

        MS has muscled their way into a number of markets, never count them out.

  • Dr.Smart

    Still the point has been made to the detriment of MS/NOKIA. “We can pull out anytime — People stay away from WP phones”

    • JGrove303

      I would say to the detriment of us WP users.
      I am not so affected as I use ONLY Nokia Maps and Drive on my mobile and use Here on the PC. I also just killed my Google accounts and proclaimed I wouldn’t post videos on YouTube, but will use Vimeo instead.

      • JGrove303

        Oh, and I use hotmail, Yahoo and OviMail (which is just Yahoo Mail with a Nokia Logo). I don’t need jack squat from Google.

        • Andrew_b

          Out of interest, Sky TV in the UK have been using some Sky-branded Google platform for their email for a while, but they’re switching to Yahoo! early this year.

    • Mark

      Or just Outlook, Bing and Nokia maps.

      There, problem solved and no need to worry about silly old Google!

      • dss

        Outlook > gmail … overall Microsoft’s live services are very good.

  • shallow ocean shoal

    So it turns out they’re both morally bankrupt AND incompetent. They “pulled a Facebook!”

    Some mid-manager in Google probably said “Fck ’em – block it.” PR spinstress says “we want to ensure our maps users get a Googleriffic experience!”

    Public is outraged, Google has egg on its face, it makes its way up the chain to a decision maker, who then makes the right decision.

    Not dissimilar from Facebook making horrific change to fck users, public is outraged, Facebook backs off it halfway. PR spinning continues, and pretty poorly here in our latest example.

    Making information universally accessible: When you are in hiding under communism or whatever regime, you don’t care how Googleriffic the experience is when you receive that information. You just need the information.

    • migo

      Admittedly, the WP experience for some other map based applications isn’t that good. It’s a pain having to use small +/- targets just to be able to zoom in, and on screen arrows to pan, while waiting for a refresh.

      MS should have done a better job with IE on WP.

  • Patata

    Google Maps really was and still is a mess on wp7.x.

  • dss

    wp needs a native google maps app … it will be much better than having to go to their web based one.

    • migo

      Which will never happen. In the mean time, MS needs to make sure that Bing Maps on WP is at least as good as on the PlayBook.

  • Zizou

    Well.. We already have the best Here maps from nokia.. Wat else do you guys want?..