Windows Phone 8 users are complaining today that they cannot access Google Maps through the operating system’s browser. Quite obviously, this could be a bug, or a deliberate move by Google to exclude the mobile platform.
The former is far more likely than the latter. TNW has requested comment from Google on the situation.
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Readers of The Verge and others have reported the error, implying that it is widespread, and not a random issue of any sort. Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s revamped mobile operating system, is based on a Windows core, making the bug harder to parse.
According to WMPowerUser, the lack of access appears to be oddly localized: “Strangely enough, for now, maps.google.co.uk works perfectly fine, indicating some switch somewhere did get flipped.” We’ll know more shortly.
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