Sunday, January 6, 2013

Google is working to fix the "Maps problem" on Windows Phone

Google said today that it is working to restore access to Google Maps on Windows Phone-based gadgets. According to Google it was like a blackout problem.

The issue was
On Friday, a number of reports surfaced that Windows Phone users were unable to access Google Maps in the browser. Instead of reaching the Maps page, users are automatically redirected to the main Google homepage. This happened for both Windows Phone as well as Windows 8 users.

Why it happened
WebKit-based browsers like Google’s own Chrome and Apple’s Safari make up the vast majority of mobile browser traffic, so it’s reasonable for Google not to be spending an inordinate amount of time testing on Microsoft’s platform.

Google provided an official statement about the situation: 
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.
 After all this issue every windows user is waiting to get the problem fixed. Same here we do.

Image Courtesy: Mashable

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The Verge, The Next Web, Engadget, TechCrunch


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