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Google map no longer accessible from Windows Phone 8

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Recently windows phone users reported that they are no longer able to access Google Maps through their web browsers, instead they were redirected to Google home page.

Google spokesperson said that the reason for that is:

“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.”

This came after they were proved wrong about the first reason they gave which was that Internet Explorer is working on and unsupported rendering engine, and they quickly change it after some developers was successful to enter Google Maps from IE just by omitting the Windows Phone from the simulator, and that Firefox mobile browser users was able to access Maps though it uses also deferent rendering engine than Google’s.

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