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Google not planning to "build out Windows apps" because the users aren't there

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Google has not been quick to support Windows Phone so far, only putting out one official Google Search app, which obviously didn't have much time or energy put behind it. And, it looks like Google isn't planning to work any harder to support Windows 8 or Windows RT either. According to Google Apps product management director Clay Bavor, Google is not planning to "build out Windows apps" because the users just aren't there.

Google has made a Google Search app for the new Windows Modern UI, and it has added support for the Modern UI in Google Chrome, but apparently the company doesn't plan much more than that, preferring to point users to the web apps for Google products. Bavor went on to say, "we are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8."

Of course, Bavor left open the option to reevaluate this position if things change, but for now the company will continue to focus on Android and iOS development. 

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posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:04 16

1. zivan (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Very sad to hear that...i use galaxy s2 and lumia 800 love both devices .come on google ...let the mobile ecosystems be vast and vas ..different people have different taste...any way metrotube is far way better than official youtube than on my s2 but still wait for urs one ......

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:09 5

3. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Have to agree on metrotube, cant wait for the desktop app.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:40

20. lovefist (unregistered)


Wow weird we both have the same phone. S2 and the 800. But I think google is just waiting for the users of wp8 to expand before they offer their other apps.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:08 11

2. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


I could understand wp, but windows 8 is going to become the most popular platform to date, mark my words, and google will be sorry.
On the other hand i hate microsoft for making apps for android while google hasnt got a single proper app for wp...

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:16 13

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2686; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Windows 8 is likely why Google left it open to change the strategy. It's hard to imagine that Google could ignore Windows 8 forever. WP will likely have a much slower growth curve.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:07 3

29. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Have to agree there, but we learned to live without google on wp, so it doesnt matter. Only thing is, how hard can it be for a multio billion dollar company to make a few lousy apps and save its face...

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:20 14

7. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


"windows 8 is going to become the most popular platform to date"

OMG! LMAO....

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:00 2

26. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


You can lyao all you want, bu there are still more pcs in the world than androids, and 90% of them are running-windows. Its just a matter of time until they upgrade, be it to 8, or 9, or whatever, but metro is here to stay - and rule.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:27 4

31. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Give it another 3 to 5 years and "Linux and Android will take over and rule.

Dream on, WP8, 9, 10 will be an epic fail, o isn't it failing allready....!

Millions of people, and millions of compaies around the world use Linux, very large governments requiring the use of Linux open source to ensure security and stability of there networks and infrastructures. Also so for techies and powe users, not for the illiterates, dumb basic users, like Wp8, and W8™®©

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:34 4

36. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Dude, i never said wp is going to rule, but i did say windows proper will, as it has till now. Linux is used by what, 2,3% pc users? Cmon, they had plenty of time to beat msoft and never have. Windows rules the pc market, always has, always will.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 23:04 3

45. BattleBrat (Posts: 1154; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I don't think that Linux will take over, I think that Android itself will evolve and become more advanced, and then take over the PC

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 00:45 2

47. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


android is cool but LInux man break me a break its the worst OS ever built although its open and secure on the same time its worst in user experence highly un-productive harder to learn no huge software support or very limited support. its more like developer friendly then user so i will laugh at you all day because u said Linux is gonna rule with its service. large companies use linux cuz its free they dont spend millions on licence fees and and they mostly forced it on workers . on other hand windows is far more rich and versitle for end users that matter not the large firms tell me one good developer studio that can even come close to Visual Studio or .NET or just keep it down to your self and this is one example

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 12:56

55. Pings (Posts: 301; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


There are only more for now. It's just a matter of time. Android is selling like crazy world wide. Can't say the same for Windows/WP. LOL Google it :], or Bing it...SMH... Sorry Windows 8 sucks, it just does. The business world wants nothing to do with Windows 8 because of productivity. You can get more done faster on older Windows version, it's just the way it is. Rule? Lets trying being relevant 1st.

I could have gotten Windows 8 for Christmas, and said no when offered.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 10:04

52. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


lol dude i cant imagine how im gonna live with my laptop without windows 7, i dont want any stinky os other than Windows,

a bunch of people commenting in tech sites is not what really goes on around the world.. But actually i havent used linux, mac os or whatever for a long time, ive seen and used for a while.. I hated both of them, I love the gestures and stuff on windows 7 to minimize and maximize windows, and a whole lot of other stuff..

Anyway im not upgrading my laptop to windows 8 because im not sure if it would be so great without a touchscreen, So im gonna wait a while and buy a new awesome laptop with the awesome os windows 8 or buy the Surface pro :D

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:00 4

25. Merci (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


"windows 8 is going to become the most popular platform to date"

Hahaha! Thanks for for this ROFL!

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:04 5

28. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


Jesus you guys are shortsighted. Sad, really sad...

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:29 2

32. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


More like you are, with the amount of " Reds" ™®©

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:30 5

33. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


not sad bro its just that the rate of androids growth is really un matchable and with it only GETTING BETTER it will probably BE "the windows" of the mobile world....you know with it being "open sourced" and all?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:33 3

35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


"It will be the Windows mobile of the world"......+1

™®©

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 23:39 5

46. jtech (Posts: 101; Member since: 14 Jul 2011)


Its too late to try and reason with a typical android user. Its like speaking to a wall.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 00:48 4

48. haseebzahid (Posts: 1836; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


or a donkey :P

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:10 9

4. snowgator (Posts: 3277; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Okay, so since there is iOS support, this is not a "we hate competition" decision. There are quite a few app developers waiting to see how Windows does.

The horrid catch 22: Some users won't give a new OS a chance without certain apps, and some app developers won't give a new OS a chance without users.

I hope a strong Christmas and New Year sales for WP8 and W8 will spur on development. A few more functions and a few more top level apps and we will have 3 good, different options for years to come.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:17 6

6. zivan (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Hope google will understand us..like in first i said i love google i love android .but its windows who provides us the unique and different interface ...some of u guys hate it but its obvious its new and bit diffrent ...but far way better than ios ...like for update still dont know when my s2 will have offical jb..update..but i know my lumia have 7.8 in jan.. Samsung jst forget its flagship device ...

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:21 6

8. lyndon420 (Posts: 1783; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Google should just develop apps for their own platform. If you like Google's service's then switch to Google hardware. Very simple. Besides...I don't buy Google's hardware hoping for apps from apple or ms.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 21:01

42. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


This is true.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:22 6

9. wp8forever (unregistered)


Lol google realized this , I have a Lumia 920 ,we don't need a single app that u make ,lol what google plus lol Facebook , google docks lol we have office lol YouTube lol we have metrotube, Gmail, sorry I have outlook so stick those apps up a........

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:35 7

13. D.Aceveda (Posts: 364; Member since: 30 Jun 2012)


Windows Phone sucks lol

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:31 2

34. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


More like junk crap, useless good for nothing, prison unix OS™®©

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:43 2

14. myownchoice (Posts: 22; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


N obviously bing n internet explorer...lol...

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:43 2

22. lovefist (unregistered)


Lol internet lol sucks lol.. are you on drugs or something? Lol

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:02

27. lsguntu (Posts: 67; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)


Well Said mate

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:08 1

30. ogy_dogy (Posts: 453; Member since: 29 Jun 2012)


True story!

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:36 1

37. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Look whose missing in this article,
Pikapowerize
Chaoticrazor
Haseebzahed
.............. and few others?

©®™

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 06:07 3

50. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


aww thanks for mentioning me sad act

i just had a look and your been your typical hateful self getting props from the android users just for been negative towards an alternative os

your sad kid real sad

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 23:24

57. asseek (Posts: 164; Member since: 12 Sep 2012)


be careful what u wish for!! lol

but this time i will just ignore you, since its hard to reason with a TROLL filled with hatred and ignorance

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:22 1

10. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Of course.. Why support a competitor if afterwards it bites the hand that feeds...?

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:23 3

11. zivan (Posts: 8; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


Or may be google cant compete against the style and boldness of wp its sexy ...itsnt it??

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:25 3

12. papss (unregistered)


Its called scared for what Microsoft has planned. They don't want to give m$ an inch due to knowing the potential... Android at 70 % won't and can't get much higher..

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 14:01

56. erdpov (Posts: 67; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


Google is not like your beloved windows phone. Keep dreaming about some plans, it's not plans. Now it looks like Microsoft is in despair about attracting attention to their system.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 16:54 7

15. uneedhelp (Posts: 19; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)


I jus switched to windows phone 8 and all I got to say is GOODBYE AND GOOD RITTENS ANDROID.....WINDOWS PHONE 4

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:05 3

16. redmd (Posts: 904; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


there's a new windows phone version? that was fast.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:41 4

21. myownchoice (Posts: 22; Member since: 31 Oct 2012)


Half the number... most probably half in everything.. even the map will lead u half the way...lol..

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 10:11

53. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Windows has nokia maps , so not half the way :) you are talking about apple maps

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:17 2

17. papss (unregistered)


Lol... Laughed pretty hard on that one

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:25 2

18. wp8forever (unregistered)


Even I had to laugh at that , lol windows phone 4 , but is all good I know he meant 8 ,and 8 stands for the best .

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:26

19. nyamo (Posts: 274; Member since: 19 Mar 2011)


i imagine google will come around to win 8 as its market share grows. right now, i bet the numbers do not justify the time needed to build for win8, give it time

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:47 4

23. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


If Google was a smart company, and every company should know, you never leave any option untouched. Windows Phone is really starting to take off, largely thanks in part to the Lumia phones. Just because somebody chooses not to use the Android ecosystem, that doesn't mean that they don't use Google apps.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 17:58 4

24. Merci (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)


Glad I'm not a Windows user!

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 18:37 2

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Neither am i©®™

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 19:00 4

39. MC1123 (Posts: 1247; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


its okay... WP and windows dont need you!!

and bing needs to be use anyway... and im pretty sure microsoft will hault the approval!

and good luck on populating your google+

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 19:30 1

40. papss (unregistered)


Ha... Just shows what google is thinking about M$ and windows at this moment. There a large amount of % that M$ can go up in market share and google has a larger % to go down for theirs

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 21:05 3

43. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)


am sure if/when wp8 market share rises google will port its google apps...if it was purely based on competition then they would not make any ios apps would they...its the same as microsoft not making any apps for android but only recently they decided to start making apps because they simply cant ignore the market share google owns.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 20:59 1

41. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


To me its a chicken or the egg scenario. Maybe if you make your apps available to WP, that would get some more sales for WP.

posted on 12 Dec 2012, 22:11 1

44. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)


lol... who gives a sh!t that google doesn't want to incorporate it's data-mining services into Windows Phone. With the exception of youtube and this gmail account, I've managed to eliminate them completely from my PC and I have never been happier.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 04:28

49. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Wait a min.....you feel that way about Google....and use Gmail? Doesnt add up.

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 07:31

51. lolol (Posts: 64; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)


Thats Real selfish >.< , I would love to have google chrome on my Lumia 800.. And still Microsoft makes apps for android :/

posted on 13 Dec 2012, 11:49

54. cdgoin (Posts: 369; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)


Wouldn't be because they are concerned about Windows Phone bringing some much needed competition..? Nah that couldn't be it.

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