Google Re-Enables Maps For Windows Phone After Controversial Outage

By Vamien McKalin email: v.mckalin@mobilenapps.com | Jan 10, 2013 07:42 AM EST

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After the huge uproar against Google in the Windows Phone camp due to Google Maps being disabled for IE Mobile, Google is ready to kiss and make-up by re-enabling access to the site.

Google claimed it disabled access to Google Maps via Internet Explorer 10 Mobile because the company had not designed the software with IE's Trident engine in mind, but instead with WebKit.

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"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 do 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 make sure the best possible experience for users," said Google in a statement to The Verge.

According to Google's statement, IE was not capable of pinching and zooming on Google Maps. However, a recent video showing IE doing just that disputed these claims. The fact of the matter is, if pinching and zooming were never working in the first place, Google Maps mobile would have been totally useless and not a single Windows Phone user would even go 10 feet near the thing.

In the end, it would seem that all this was a deliberate move by Google to undermine the Windows Phone platform. The company is already doing so by stating it does not plan to develop apps for Windows Phone, along with cutting off ActiveSync support.

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