iPhone's Gmail app unofficially ported to Windows Phone 8
0. phoneArena 03 Jun 2013, 20:59 posted on
Google has made it clear that it doesn't yet see the value in spending resources developing for the relatively small user base of Windows Phone, so we obviously aren't expecting an official Gmail app any time soon. But, some enterprising developers have taken it upon themselves to unofficially port the iPhone Gmail app to Windows Phone 8...
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1. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)
I bet Google ain't cool with this
2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
At most, I'd expect Google to ask the name to be changed. The app can't just be called "Gmail". But, all of the APIs used are available to anyone, so there are no problems otherwise.
5. james004 (Posts: 486; Member since: 15 May 2013)
downloading this before app is discontinued or changed like youtube one
7. sharks (Posts: 215; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
MS is using the same trick as for YouTube app. MS releases their own "hacked" version to run on WP to force Google's attention to their weak platform and Google retaliates with a "cease and desist" but eventually gives up to officially release the app. Smart move by MS, albeit a dirty one! So, why not try this tactic on all Google apps? Exactly!
6. icyrock1 (Posts: 307; Member since: 25 Mar 2013)
I'm nearly 100% sure this is illegal (at least, if it's not why aren't more people doing this??).
11. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
There is nothing illegal about this. This is the exact same thing as Mailbox for iOS. Anyone can make a Gmail app.
4. -box- (Posts: 3990; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I don't have an issue with the stock email setup, myself. *shrug*
8. Edmund (Posts: 656; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
I uninstalled Chrome from my desktop the other day and it felt great. So far Yahoo and Bing are doing a very admirable job at replacing google search, while the combination of Outlook and Windows 8 Calendar has proven to be a much better solution than gmail. Add sevices like OneNote, Sky Drive and Office 365 and you have an ecosystem that even google can't ignore.
10. papss (unregistered)
Speaking of sky drive that's one of the best out there tbh... And outlook is wonderful as I sink my work up to my phone and home mail.
12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)
Of course Google can't ignore Microsoft. Outlook and Office still have far more users than Gmail and Drive. But, Microsoft can't ignore Google either, because Google is still gaining ground.
13. cdgoin (Posts: 475; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
Ahh.. can't you set up Gmail through the standard WP system.. like Yahoo, etc..? Was pretty sure you could..