Google Now Working On Fix For Map Redirect For Windows PhoneJanuary 5, 2013 2 Comments
Recently, Google decided to change up some things with their web code that allowed Google Maps for devices that supported WebKit to soar(Android & iPhone) and those without it to be left in the dust(Windows Phone, Symbian) So they say anyway…. The fact of the matter is plain and simple. Google was caught with their pants on the ground and has since then made a statement to TheNextWeb to assure users that a fix is on the way.
We periodically test Google Maps compatibility with mobile browsers to make sure we deliver the best experience for those users.
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 Google.com 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.
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.
The FTC recently made clear that “changes made to Google’s search algorithms – even those that may have had the effect of harming individual competitors – could be plausibly justified as innovations that improved Google’s product and the experience of its users” meaning basically they have all the power they want to change the state of play if it improves Google’s overall product. Sadly if that’s what the FTC says and if that is what Google continues to do in the future, the real ones who lose in the end are the end users. We may have won one small victory today but hey Google, how about you make us a freaking app?…MBGW