You just cannot miss the irony trying to access Google’s website on the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr’s historic “I have a dream” speech on a web browser other than Google’s own Chrome. A website on equality, practising discrimination!
A cold message appears on a dark background, “Your device is not supported. We’re sorry, but this browser isn’t supported. Please view this site on Chrome.” Some championing of the open web this!
Is this browser apartheid? User agent based discrimination surely.
Using its other services to promote Chrome (also Google+) in ways that isn’t quite congruent to its (now discarded?) ‘Don’t be evil’ motto is not new to Google. I have posted about it before and there are many more.
If Google has abandoned cross-browser compatibility in pursuit of Chrome monopoly, why even bother to build a website? Turn them all into Chrome Extensions.