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In a recent hubbub surrounding Windows Phone handsets and Google Maps, the software giant recently broke the silence and explained as to why Google blocked Windows Phone device owners from accessing Google Maps and being directed to the search engine.
The official spokesperson informed, "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 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."
"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."
Google constantly tests its features and makes necessary changes to offer a better experience to its users. It is important that the Windows phones are optimized to meet the requirements.
Recent improvements in IE mobiles have made Google consider withdrawing its redirect policy.
Google also said it is testing Google Maps compatibility with other mobile browsers to give the users a better maps experience. Hence, crux of the matter is that given that Google intends to lift the redirect, Windows Phone device users will now be able to access Google Maps on the go.