Windows Phone users to get their broken Google Maps web experience back
Yesterday it seems that every single Windows Phone user was over at WPCentral lamenting the loss of the Google Maps web app for Windows Phone. It seems that Google made a change that redirected users with a Windows Phone browser UA string to Google search page instead of the Google Maps page they were expecting.
Google later chimed in and said that Google Maps on the mobile site was designed for webkit browsers, which IE on Windows Phone is not. Questions were raised about why it used to work, why it stopped working, and why Google was the devil. Turns out that a big fuss was made over a relatively minor (minor to Google anyways) product change. Google has reverted things back the way they were, and delivered this statement to The Next Web.
A lot of Windows Phone fans are going to cry foul, and claim that their voices changed the world and moved the mountain that is Google, but even a few admitted Windows fans came to the very same conclusion that it was done because the experience, well, it sucked.
The simple fact is that smart companies are going to build web apps that work well for Android and iOS because that's the vast majority of the mobile market. If that means building for webkit based browsers, then people on the fringe of the market won't be part of it. Google has decided to give Windows Phone users back the poor experience they want, but if future updates incorporate webkit-only features, you can bet Google will stop supporting IE once again. It's a decision about money, not about hate for Microsoft.
Source: The Next Web
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Microsoft, if it belongs to you just keep it to yourself.
Apple, if it belongs to you...well just keep doing what you're doing not much will change anyway.
RIM...I pitty the fool. But I have faith, as a BB user myself I still believe. Alright, time for a round at the bar. :-)
Google is a search company above all. Their money still comes from search and ads. What sense would it make to alienate a base of potential customers. Ok, I've devolved from my original point into a rant, the original point is that you shouldn't point at WP users for being upset that various Google services are disappearing and/or becoming more difficult to use (exchange ActiveSync support comes to mind), the exact same reactions and words were being shot at Apple from the comments on this site over the (erroneous) patent claims being shot at Samsung from Apple.