By Anton D. Nagy | January 6, 2013 2:39 AM
Windows Phone users who were trying to access and use Google Maps via the browser were greeted with a nasty redirect to Google’s home page. In the light of recent events, like ending Exchange ActiveSync support for Gmail, people felt safe to assume that this was yet another competitive chicane.
According to the Mountain View-based company, the redirect in place for Windows Phone users trying to access Google Maps will be removed (at least that’s the plan). Google said that “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”.
However, “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”, continues the statement.
Furthermore, the mapping solution provider emphasized that the resolution for a redirect was merely a product solution and not one meant to limit Microsoft users’ access to the service. According to Google, Maps was designed and optimized for WebKit-based browsers, not Internet Explorer. For what it’s worth, Windows Phone users should be able to access the online version of Maps very soon, in the lack of a dedicated Google-made application like the one for the iPhone.