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

Google not planning to
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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55 Comments

1. zivan

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 29, 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 ......

3. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

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

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.

2. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 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...

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

29. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 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...

7. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

"windows 8 is going to become the most popular platform to date" OMG! LMAO....

26. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 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.

31. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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™®©

36. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 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.

45. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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

47. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 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

55. Pings

Posts: 304; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

52. lolol

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 14, 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

25. Merci

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

"windows 8 is going to become the most popular platform to date" Hahaha! Thanks for for this ROFL!

28. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

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

32. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

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?

35. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

46. jtech

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

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

48. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

or a donkey :P

4. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

6. zivan

Posts: 9; Member since: Oct 29, 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 ...

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........

13. D.Aceveda

Posts: 432; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Windows Phone sucks lol

34. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

14. myownchoice

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

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

22. lovefist unregistered

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

27. lsguntu

Posts: 67; Member since: Aug 06, 2012

Well Said mate

30. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

True story!

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