Google Blocking Maps.Google.com from working on Windows Phone
Not that there is an official Google Maps client out for Windows Phone, since Google made it clear they werent making any apps for the platform. Instead, if you visit Maps.Google.com on Internet Explorer on Windows Phone, it redirects you to Google.com/m instead, which is the mobile home page of Google Search. D’oh.
Speculation is that this might be purposefully done, because if you change the user agent on IE on WP to anything else, it works just fine. Then again it might also just be a random bug with Google’s detection of mobile browsers too, but hey it’s always fun to go with the more drama-filled rumor, heh.
In the meanwhile, you still have Nokia’s awesome Here Maps on all Windows Phone 8 devices which does a great job.
Google issued a statement over it today, though:
[quote_simple]The mobile web version of Google Maps is optimized for WebKit browsers such as Chrome and Safari. However, since Internet Explorer is not a WebKit browser, Windows Phone devices are not able to access Google Maps for the mobile web.[/quote_simple]
Which doesnt explain why Google Maps worked fine on IE Mobile before. Microsoft responded saying:
[quote_simple]Internet Explorer in Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 use the same rendering engine.[/quote_simple]
Grab the popcorn folks, cause it looks like 2013 is going to be all about Google vs Microsoft.