Google looking into bringing Chrome to Windows Phone
0. phoneArena 26 Mar 2014, 20:42 posted on
It has been a constant issue for Windows Phone users that Google has essentially refused to put resources towards developing apps for the platform, because there aren't enough users. That policy may be starting to change, because it looks like Google is taking the first steps towards bringing Chrome to Windows Phone...
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3. jael206 (Posts: 143; Member since: 18 Jul 2012)
Yeah.. WP is growing.. at a slow pace maybe, but growing nevertheless.
And why not bring all the bunch of Google Apps as well. They can start with YouTube, then Gmail!
5. akki20892 (Posts: 3773; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)
Looks like wp8.1 is coming with a lot of stuff. Wp is growing and we are seeing stuffs are coming.
15. lyndon420 (Posts: 2685; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
WP users I believe have access to web versions of these services correct? If so, then that should be good enough.
9. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
i never browse on my 1020 or do anything but just take pictures. finally chrome and dolphin browser should be available, also all of googles apps and integration
18. dorian827 (Posts: 132; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
Did you get a Windows Phone for an Android experience? I like Google apps like Gmail mostly but the Android is just to saturated with to much on there phones especially cost and.system services.
21. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Yes. And it will be good for Google and Microsoft... :) As others say, why not YouTube too? Isn't Google's goal to bring more people online?
23. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
Wait what? ie is still alive?
2. Nexus4lifes (Posts: 106; Member since: 13 Feb 2014)
Why ? 95% of windows phone owners are like " I want a smartphone that can make calls, is dead cheap and not much else " rest 5% are pure MS fanboys... So really doesn't make much sense for Google to even spend a dime on windows phone...
7. magnanimus (Posts: 389; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
You're kinda right. I used to think there was BBM, Whatsapp and Google services on WP. Guess I can't survive with WP atm no matter how much pixels they cram in it :D
10. Arte-8800 (banned) (Posts: 4562; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)
true agree to that, what also google and ms are enimys
14. lyndon420 (Posts: 2685; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I'm of the opinion that this is more closer to the truth as to why Google hasn't ported their apps over to WP - they're enemies. I'm sure this will change eventually, but I like how this differentiates the platforms from each other - if itunes is important to you chose apple, and if office is your thing then you go with WP. I like Google's services and the direction they are going so why would I choose anything other than Android?
6. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2018; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
Great if it does. iE isn't really cutting for me.. Hope they bring other guugle services as well
8. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1311; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
This is great news I use chrome from time to time on my PC. I intend to make my First Tablet a Windows 8.1 tablet. it would be nice to have a Modern UI / AKA metro version of it on my start screen. Yoo Google us Windows tablet Owners need Google maps and you to make an official UTUBE app for us. Have a heart will you!
11. fzacek (Posts: 2443; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
Before this, I just assumed that the Windows Phone Store has such a basic app as Google Chrome. It just shows that the Windows Store really does have some catching up to do.
31. blotto5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Not Microsoft's fault for the lack of Chrome, that's all Google. Google has been hostile to everything Windows Phone since the beginning. Refusing to port their apps, blocking youtube apps from being created on WP, and actively blocking WP users from using the mobile web versions of their apps. Seems to me that Google sees Windows Phone as more of a threat than you think.
34. fzacek (Posts: 2443; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
That's true, but it still boils down to the fact that the WindowsStore isn't very well equipped.
12. dorian827 (Posts: 132; Member since: 28 Jul 2012)
But the Chrome experience for Windows 8.1 is harsh, its laggy, buggy and has some flaws. Internet Explorer has a better overall experience on all Windows 8.1 devices. Although I do and did love Google products but getting away from Android overall has been an EXCELLENT experience especially with Windows Phone.
19. sgodsell (Posts: 2076; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
IE is the least compliant html5 browser on the market. This includes the latest version of IE 11. IE 11 is coming in WP 8.1. Check it out for yourself
20. nlbates66 (Posts: 317; Member since: 15 Aug 2012)
being able to display pages properly isn't very useful if the browser itself doesn't work properly, which is the point he was making.
13. lyndon420 (Posts: 2685; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
I think Google should keep their mobile apps available only to those that support and appreciate their platform - Android (just saying). If you choose WP (or any other platform) you must have some very valid reasons for doing so, and needing Google's services obviously wasn't at the top of your list if 'proper' Android isn't running on your phone.
22. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
Well the apps and the platform are two very different things. You may very well like one and not the other.
16. supratik1993 (Posts: 13; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)
finally some glimpse of hope, i am tired of using IE on my phone... need a substitute
17. cse.vicky (unregistered)
Google Maps, Hangouts and Google Voice also please, Thanks Google :)
24. Leo_MC (Posts: 683; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
Chrome is the worst [mobile] browser; why would WP users want it?!
It's OK to have the choice (I have it on iOS) but too much options are also not so good.
27. Leo_MC (Posts: 683; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
The slowest, uses the most memory, can't be configured to block adds/pop-ups, it doesn't render the pages as it should.
28. cse.vicky (unregistered)
Well, may be you are right ... But should not the users decide for themselves ?
32. blotto5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
You're right, I'd much rather have Firefox than Chrome.
26. hmd74 (Posts: 441; Member since: 31 Jan 2013)
as i don't use a device which doesn't have Google apps, i don't use winphone until it has Google Apps...:|
29. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 864; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)
This would make my year if it came out.
30. jroc74 (Posts: 5271; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
I never realized how much I would like my desktop and smartphone browser to be in sync...until I started using Chrome on my desktop for searches....and when the PC is tied up I do searches on my phone....and my desktop searches are there on my phone.
Thats one benefit of using Chrome on phones.
That said....kinda surprised if MS allows this. Seems like the writing is on the wall for WP too. Office to iPads and Android tablets eventually....now this.
33. blotto5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
Why wouldn't Microsoft want more apps and competition on their platform? Seems like another wall broken down for people to switch easier. Still gotta pay for office on ipads and androids, WP is still free. WP is growing faster than ever and they're set to release a massive update in just a couple months. WP isn't going anywhere, and it's only getting bigger.
35. Gemmol (Posts: 649; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
same with my phone the 1520, any search I do with bing, is also shown on my tablet 2520, or my laptop