Google looking into bringing Chrome to Windows Phone

Google looking into bringing Chrome to Windows Phone
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.

The first step is really to see whether or not it is even possible. A Google engineer, Carlos Pizano, has opened a ticket in the Chromium open source project to have other developers look into the possibility. The request states: "Now that the Chrome team has developed a Chrome Metro/Modern UI version for Windows 8, I'm hoping that large parts of the code can be recycled to build Chrome for WP8." The request has been in the Chromium forums since October 2012 and hasn't seen any activity until two days ago. Two days ago, the developer who had been in charge of a related report to bring Chrome to Windows Phone 7 passed on ownership of this project to a developer named dxie.

Of course, this doesn't really mean that anything is going to happen, but at least someone from the Chromium team is looking into the issue. One major roadblock to getting Chrome on Windows Phone is that so far, Microsoft has not been kind to 3rd party browsers on its ARM platforms that don't use the IE rendering engine. And, using that rendering engine would require a complete rebuild of Chrome, which would be a really really big roadblock.

source: Google Code via WinBeta

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26 Comments

1. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

The time is right..

3. jael206

Posts: 147; Member since: Jul 18, 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: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Looks like wp8.1 is coming with a lot of stuff. Wp is growing and we are seeing stuffs are coming.

9. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 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: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 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: Sep 11, 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

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Wait what? ie is still alive?

2. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 298; Member since: Feb 13, 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...

4. suavemezie

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

You are really Poor in math.

7. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 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

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

true agree to that, what also google and ms are enimys

6. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Great if it does. iE isn't really cutting for me.. Hope they bring other guugle services as well

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 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: Mar 27, 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: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That's true, but it still boils down to the fact that the WindowsStore isn't very well equipped.

12. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

Great News, 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: 7464; Member since: Mar 16, 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 http://html5test.com

20. nlbates66

Posts: 328; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

16. supratik1993

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 16, 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 :)

26. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 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: 872; Member since: Apr 20, 2009

This would make my year if it came out.

30. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 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: Mar 27, 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: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

same with my phone the 1520, any search I do with bing, is also shown on my tablet 2520, or my laptop

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