Sunday, January 6, 2013

Windows Phone users to have access to Google Maps

Google has said that it intends to remove the redirect that it has in place for Windows Phone users who attempted to access the Google Maps product, ending its practice of sending them to its search homepage.

This has been disclosed by Google spokesman to The Next Web as under:
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 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.


It is important to note that Google states that its product decision to limit access to its Maps product on Windows Phone was just that: a product decision, and not a move intended to limit access to its services for Microsoft’s mobile customers for purely competitive reasons.

Given that Google intends to lift the redirect, Windows Phone users will now – all – be able to access Google Maps on the go. 

Read more about it at: The Next Web

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