The folks over WPCentral.com just found out that all Windows Phone users are blocked to access Google Maps. In the last few days, any user attempts to go to “maps.google.com” with the built-in Internet Explorer browser lead to failure, and these users are redirected to www.google.com/m whether the browser is into mobile or desktop mode.
Google announced that the web version of Google Maps is optimized for browsers based on WebKit as Chrome and Safari, and because Internet Explorer is not based on it, all Windows Phone devices may not have access to the service. This is not entirely true and Microsoft were quick to point out that the mobile browser on Windows Phone 8 uses the same rendering technology as Internet Explorer in the desktop version of Windows 8. This suggests us that Google explicitly blocked the access to their Maps service and the reason for this is not only in the browser. Meanwhile, Google has began to realize the mistake – a spokesman for the Internet giant told The Next Web, that the redirection of all Windows Phone 8 users to the main page of the search engine will soon be removed.