Google Says It Will Stop Blocking Maps from Windows Phone

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Google says it will stop redirecting Windows Phone users away from its mobile Google Maps website.

This weekend, controversy erupted after users reported that attempts to access Google Maps on Windows Phone devices led to redirects to the Google homepage. Google confirmed the redirect on Friday, telling Mashable and other news outlets that the decision to redirect users away from Google Maps was because it had optimized its mobile Google Maps website for WebKit-based browsers.

Because Internet Explorer for Windows Phone uses the Trident rendering engine and not WebKit, Google Maps wouldn’t load on that browser. The unspoken message was that Windows Phone was incapable of properly rendering Google Maps in its web browser.

Yesterday, we clarified that the issue was not about browser capabilities and instead a decision made by Google to not support non-WebKit mobile browsers.

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