Windows Phone users unable to access Google maps via the web

If you are a Windows Phone user and you enjoy using Google maps via your browser, you are up the creek without a paddle as Windows Phone 8 users are unable to access maps.Google.com.

It’s unclear if Google is intentionally doing this or if it was an honest mistake but given that Google has stated they will not be building Windows Phone applications, is screwing around with Windows Phone apps access to YouTube and is killing off EAS support for free Gmail accounts, it’s likely safe to say this was probably not an accident.

It’s unclear as to why Google has gone all anti-Microsoft as of recent but it may have to do with Microsoft turning the screws on Android vendors and forcing patent royalties to be paid for each device sold. Either way, the consumer is once again harmed as these two giants try to become the mobile alpha-dog.

Now, before we burn down Google, this could be an honest mistake as users are simply being redirected but whatever way you slice it, Windows Phone 8 users are unable to access Google maps.

Via WMPoweruser

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I don't use Maps all that often, and when I do, I just use Bing Maps. For some reason though, I remember it being like this since day one, though I could be wrong.
Still, there's always gMaps.

It's redirecting any device sending a Windows Phone 7.x or 8.x string to the http://www.google.com mobile search page, rather than serving up maps.google.com content (I confirmed this via Fiddler as well, just to make sure it wasn't my phone). the iPhone will redirect to the "install the google map apps" page, and the iPad and Android UA strings (tried 4.1.x and 4.2 strings to be sure) and those work fine, so it seems like the 302 redirect is the issue.

Not sure why they'd be doing it, but it does seem specific to the Windows Phone string - if I use Fiddler to proxy my WP traffic and change the UA string to look like an iPad or an Android device, I can get the page just fine on my phone, so it's not a functionality issue at the moment. The odd thing is, once I got it to work once, it now continues to work without modifying the UA string. Seems like it could be either intentional or just bad web coding for UA sniffing, but in either case users should consider using the inbox maps app, or (if you've got access to it) the Nokia Maps apps or 3rd party gmaps apps in the store.

This reactionary anti Google capacity gets boring. Where Google are concerned it seems Neowin's staff are only too happy to hop on the bandwagon.

Google isn't blocking WP from accessing mobile maps. Google Maps mobile has never supported Internet Explorer, and is designed for Webkit-based browsers, can't blame Google if Microsoft uses a rubbish rendering engine in their mobile browser when the rest of the world uses Webkit.

yowanvista said,
Google isn't blocking WP from accessing mobile maps. Google Maps mobile has never supported Internet Explorer, and is designed for Webkit-based browsers, can't blame Google if Microsoft uses a rubbish rendering engine in their mobile browser when the rest of the world uses Webkit.

This is what I'm worried about. If the whole world uses Webkit then its standard will start dropping. The same happened when everyone was using Trident.

The death of Gecko and Trident, or in other words, competition, is bad for any industry or market. Not that Webkit is doing a bad job currently...

SCOOBY_666UK said,
Desktop requires OpenGL & Mobile IE ONLY gives access to Places search... no app for Win Phone.

Desktop doesn't require OpenGL and the Web version works fine on WP7.5 and WP8. (Better than the dedicated Google Maps App on Android for accuracy.)

There is no doubt that this is a severe breach of the antitrust agreements Google signed with the FTC only yesterday. I hope they get what's coming to them. Specially from the EU.

If Microsoft were to block google.com in Windows they'd be blubbering like the little children they are. This must be a new definition of "management".

The only difference is, only people that use Internet Explorer would be affected. Otherwise Microsoft would be snooping and data mining my activities on Firefox or Chrome.

Second, a lot more people would complain because let's face it, Google.com is used a lot more than Windows Phone. That would be a real story.

Third, That will never happen.

Google acting like a little baby again. They are still under investigation in many states right now and money wont get rid of that. The EU are not the softy that the American FTC are either.
I think this was intentional on googles behalf but they will probably correct it with some lame excuse. MS should kill EAS for all google accounts, including paid ones. Maybe next moths updates for Windows we will see a security patch to finally get rid of the exploit known as google.

Don't see the big deal. Due to privacy concerns I personally avoid Google whenever possible, so this is actually a feature on the plus side.

The one thing you should always do in Business is "don't upset your competition" especially a competition that has it's own operating systems working in the billions all over the world. you Don't wake up the sleeping Giant Google you may regret it. Oh, while I'm at it it's obvious the US Gov. has no idea about this stuff at all. Europe has already caught Google but the US seems asleep! I think the cronies at Google deserve a little bloody nose!

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