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Googles seltsame Maps-Sperre für Windows-Smartphones

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Wer Google mit einem Windows-Smartphone nach dem Weg fragt, wird seit diesem Wochenende kommentarlos auf die Google-Startseite geleitet, berichtet unter anderem das Blog The Next Web. In einer Stellungnahme für das IT-Blog Gizmodo erklärte Google, der Dienst sei auf Browser optimiert, welche zur Darstellung der Website eine Software namens Webkit nutzen. Diese sogenannte Rendering-Engine nutzen sowohl Apples Safari als auch Googles Webbrowser Chrome, nicht aber der Internet Explorer von Microsoft, der auf Windows-Smartphones zum Websurfen verwendet wird.

Die Erklärung ist aus mehreren Gründen nicht schlüssig: Erstens merkten viele Blogs an, dass Googles Web-Kartendienst problemlos mit dem Internet Explorer auf Desktop-PCs funktioniert, der nach Aussage von Microsoft exakt dieselbe Rendering-Engine zur Darstellung der Websites verwendet wie der Internet Explorer auf Smartphones mit Windows Phone 8. Zweitens hatte Google die Umleitung offenbar für die britische Version von Google Maps vergessen, sodass Nutzer eines Smartphones den Webdienst mit der Adresse http://maps.google.co.uk/ nach wie vor aufrufen konnten, wie Gizmodo berichtet.  Auch mit dem beliebten Firefox-Browser funktionierte Google Maps immer, obwohl dieser Webbrowser Webkit ebenfalls nicht verwendet.

Windows-Phone-Nutzer können Google Maps immer noch nutzen, wenn sie beim Internet Explorer den Desktop-Modus aktivieren. Die Option sorgt dafür, dass Websites auf dem Smartphone so dargestellt werden wir auf einem Windows-PC, nicht in ihrer mobilen Variante. Auch andere Websites, die eine mobile Variante für Smartphones aufliefern, werden dann in der Standard-Ansicht angezeigt, so lange der Desktop-Modus aktiv ist. Außerdem lässt sich die für Desktop-PCs optimierte Vollversion von Googles Kartendienst auf Smartphones nicht komfortabel bedienen.

Inzwischen scheint Google zurückzurudern. Cnet zitiert eine Stellungnahme von Google, laut der die Umleitung wieder verschwinden soll – nachdem Google das Bedienerlebnis für Internet-Explorer-Nutzer mit technischen Änderungen verbessert haben sollen.

Warum das Hickhack? Könnte es sein, dass Google ursprünglich dem eigenen mobile Betriebssystem Android gegenüber Microsofts Windows Phone einen Vorteil verschaffen wollte?

Dagegen spricht, dass Google seit kurzem auf der Plattform des größten Konkurrenten Apple eine eigene, viel gelobte Karten-App zum kostenlosen Download anbietet – nachdem Apple die Googles Karten-App durch das viel kritisierte Apple Maps als Standard-Kartendienst ersetzt hatte. Allerdings fehlt der iPhone-Variante von Google Maps die bei Android eingebaute Auto-Navigation. Insofern ist es tatsächlich möglich, dass Google im Zusammenhang mit der Internet-Explorer-Engine zumindest bei der mobilen Version des Kartendienstes Probleme festgestellt hat.

Was immer die Hintergründe sind – für alle, die Windows Phone 7 und Windows Phone 8 verwenden, gibt es eine Alternative namens Nokia Here. Die Lumia-Smartphones von Nokia haben eine verbesserte Version der Karten-App des finnischen Herstellers bereits vorinstalliert.

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Google Rebuffs European Union on Antitrust Charges

Google rebuffed the European Union’s demand that it change the way it ranks online comparison-shopping services in its search results, setting up a potentially drawn-out legal battle.

U.S. Stocks Rally Amid Recovery in Global Markets

Stocks soared for the second day in a row, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average erasing its losses for the week, as renewed optimism about the U.S. economy eased concerns about the pace of global growth. 56

Russia Shows Off Military Might as Budget Gets Squeezed

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military.

Austrian Police Find Up to 50 Migrants Dead

Europe’s migrant crisis took a deadly turn deep in the continent with the discovery in Austria of a truck containing up to 50 decomposing corpses.

In Depth

Jihadi Trails: Paths to Syria and Iraq

More than 20,000 foreigners from across the globe are fighting in Syria and Iraq and many come to fight with Islamic State. We chronicle the global scope of their recruitment efforts via the lives and journeys of 10 men and women who traveled to the war zone.

China’s Turbulence Exposes Risks to Europe’s Growth

The Eurozone’s heavy reliance on exports leaves the region vulnerable as emerging markets stumble.

Ukraine Secures Debt-Relief Deal

Ukraine’s government secured a vital debt-relief deal, the country’s finance ministry said, a key step toward unlocking billions of dollars in emergency financing.

Greece Closer to Formal Election Call

Greece on Thursday named Vassiliki Thanou Christopoulou, head of the country’s Supreme Court, as interim prime minister, with the task of leading the country to an election.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

NATO Chief Opens Joint Training Base in Georgia

NATO’s secretary-general opened a new joint training base in Georgia, promising the country could count on its western allies.

The Katrina Diaspora, 10 Years Later

Katrina uprooted tens of thousands of people, scattering them across 45 states, and they settled permanently in new cities, such as Atlanta, Houston and San Antonio.

U.K. Immigration Reaches Record Level in Year to March

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Icahn Discloses Stake in Freeport-McMoRan

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French Telecom Tycoon Drahi to Hire Alcatel CEO Combes for Top Jobs

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Port of Hamburg Shows Germany Is Vulnerable on China Trade

China is by far the biggest trading partner for Hamburg, the largest port in the world’s fourth-biggest economy. Now that lucrative traffic is slipping.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

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Bank Scrambles to Price Funds After Glitch

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