Google Shows Windows Phone Some Love, Stops Redirecting Maps

Windows Phone users have a reason to smile today. Google Maps will finally be making its way to Microsoft’s smartphone platform after Android’s maker discontinued its policy of blocking Windows Phone users from accessing the service.

In a statement to The Next Web, Google stated that “IE mobile still did not offer a good maps experience” in the firm’s last test. However, the company also stated that “Recent improvements to IE mobile and Google Maps now deliver a better experience and we are currently working to remove the redirect.”

Curiously, Google told The Verge that Internet Explorer incompatibility was to blame for the Google Maps outage. Both Google’s Chrome and Apple’s Safari browser are based on Chrome, while IE Mobile is not.¬†

Some say Google was behaving much the way Microsoft did when it prevented from working with browsers other than IE over a decade ago. Whether this is an example of history repeating itself or not, the important thing is that Windows Phone users will soon be able to take advantage of what is arguably the best mobile maps service available.

via CNET, The Verge

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  1. lowe Says:

    Its not love. Its BS saving face. Too late Google. Thank you for being arrogant.

  2. dsfkds Says:

    Not sure how hard it is to remove a redirect. Still being redirected now.

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