Google is going to allow Windows Phone 8 users to access Google Maps once again. Whenever someone using a Windows Phone attempted to visit Google Maps, they were redirected to Google.com.
Earlier this week there, reports were floating around on many tech sites that Windows Phones could no longer access Google Maps. Google said that the default Internet Explorer browser on Windows 8 phones were not capable of rendering Google Maps. However Microsoft said that this is not true because they use the same rendering engine on Windows Phone 8 as they do on the Windows 8 desktop operating system. Internet Explorer on Windows 8 has no issues running Google Maps.
Google backtracked and said that they choose to block Maps on Windows Phone 8 for functionality reasons. Google sent a statement to The Next Web saying:
“”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 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.”
Google decided that going forward, Internet Explorer on Windows Phone 8 has gotten better and they promised to unblock access. It was just a few days ago that we wrote about how a Microsoft executive said that Google blocked the YouTube team from building a Windows Phone application too.