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Petition started to ask Google to make apps for Windows Phone

0. phoneArena posted on 27 Dec 2012, 22:40

One of the most annoying things about using Windows Phone for many users is that Google has absolutely refused to support the platform and as such has only made one app for the OS, a Google Search app, which is sub-par to be kind. But, now users are trying to take the matter into their own hands by starting up a petition to ask Google to support Windows Phone by making more apps...

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posted on 28 Dec 2012, 06:01 4

50. bon24x7 (Posts: 211; Member since: 30 Aug 2012)

Shows they don't care about Google products...as simple as that..

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 14:58

69. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)

except those who left android for wp maybe

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 09:59

63. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

Oh really? The ONLY Elgoog Service I use is Youtube and I've been using that before Google came in and sh*tted all over the walls with their stupid ads. I don't have 1 Google service on my Lumia 920.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 09:32

62. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Already up to 2300 this morning.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 23:43 1

11. techguy22 (Posts: 227; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

i thought MS supports said they dont need google. i hope google doesnt release crap

Tips_y • 2 hours ago −
So are we now suppose to grovel and beg? No thanks!

Joey Ouk • 2 hours ago
so no to the devil!

Joey Ouk • 2 hours ago −
don't sell your info to the devil!

sumedh • 4 minutes ago −
I don't need shitty google stuff on any of my windows products.

that's just a few comments from them.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 10:01

64. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

As a Lumia 920 users and a WP user since WP7 I hope they stay away from the platform. The Last thing we need is more snooping crapware from Google.

posted on 27 Dec 2012, 23:54 1

13. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

IMO, Google should make apps available for WP. I dont believe it really hurts Google financially if WP sales are low. I dont think its that difficult to support Google apps for WP. They will still get feedback on any issues.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 00:10 6

15. MeoCao (unregistered)

WP users can always use Google services in browsers.

b-c Google offers their services for free people tend to think it's natural that Google should do that everywhere.

The truth is Google is a business and a strong WP ecosystem is not in their interests.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 00:14 1

16. eharris560 (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

@big.e927 MS was apart of that group along with a few other companies.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 00:22 5

18. eharris560 (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

As a WP user that's one petition I will not be signing. I'm happy with MS offerings. Why would anyone use their services and break the integration is beyond me. You want google use Android or IOS.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 00:32 1

19. eharris560 (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

Y'all need to click the source link, and read the comments. Simply put WP users say no.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 01:11 8

22. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

At first I was like "wat da faq!" then I used M$ and guess what... I dont miss google at all. My gmail syncs in the ME hub, youtube is here, i can sync my google calenders with outlook then outlook with my wp, plus i can sync many online calenders, bing translate is great, plus it's offline and has augmented reality that translates in realtime through the camera, OFFLINE! I just point to a text and it translates. Not only is bing maps good but I have nokia maps, OFFLINE. I hardly use google plus, all my friends are either on viber or whatsapp and skype... When it's all said and done... I dont miss google services at all. I prefer the OFFLINE experience I get with my lumia 920. I honestly never thought I could do with google but here I am

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 01:57 5

24. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

That's true. Google services are overrated and have became so universal that very less people even bother to take a look at other alternatives. Actually if you hit the right spot you can find better services than Google's, just like you mentioned.

I'm not saying that Google needn't release their products on WP, but if they are releasing on iOS, they they should do the same for WP. Or don't release at all on any competitor OS at all. They should make one decision.

The basic fact is, Google sees stronger competition in WP than the iOS. WP is threat to Android, greater than the iOS. That's why the decision imo.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 03:25

31. MeoCao (unregistered)

I think you are partly right here, MS threatens Google (not only Android) while Apple does not.

MS license WP to OEMs so it will compete with Google for OEMs, Apple has different business model of a niche player. Bing also threatens Google core business: search.

The threat is very small now but helping it grow is not a wise thing to do.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:08 1

40. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

That's about right. MS products will see good days if WP manages to grab market share. But yeah gotta admit that Google products will still maintain the huge market share. I don't see MS products gaining major market share in near future.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 07:24 2

55. tigermcm (Posts: 860; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)

holy smokes you are so right........*tells fiance to read comment*. my fiance has complained over and over about why WP doesnt have this and that since I moved her from droid. I got tired of our one note lists crashing and not updating properly. It always happened when she tried doing something to the list in her stupid droid. we have lists for shopping, our son, school, hobbies and gosh darn it just that one thing pissed me off to the point i bought a WP out right to get her off droid. lately she has calmed down about the complaining and realized hey I didnt even use all that crap...... end of my rant lol

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 01:48 3

23. gazmatic (Posts: 795; Member since: 06 Sep 2012)

It has less than 1000 meaning that: 1. this is not a news story because it's not a major issue. 2. It is those select few of "power users" from android that obviously dont want to adopt a new ecosystem. I dont use google drive that often, I would prefer dropbox but I have 25gb of FREE skydrive. For google calendar there is outlook. For google maps there is bing maps and nokia maps. Bing translate is awesome. Two words... Actually three: offline augmented reality. Google is not missed on wp. Those 700 signatures should just go back to android if they wont even use wp alternatives.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 02:28 6

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

I can't stop laughing everytime I see android fanboys like michael H complaining about the lack of data-mining google services on Windows Phone. This would be a problem if Microsoft didn't offer a decent alternative, but in most cases the MS solution is actually better than the google option: SkyDrive, Outlook.com (with Mail for Exchange and Calendar Syncing that actually work), Office Mobile, Office 365, Nokia Maps with offline turn-by-turn navigation, MetroTube, Internet Explorer 10.
I think the real issue here is that google knows fully well its users are not loyal to the android platform, so why give them a reason to make the switch to Windows Phone.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 03:45

37. MeoCao (unregistered)

Nokia maps and Google Maps come head to head on iOS:

- Nokia never cracked top 1000
- Google instantly became No. 1 after return.

On big things Nokia maps is ok, but when it comes to details it sucks badly. And details are what people need, not gerneral stuffs.

WP have similar apps but the difference is quality, that's why all WP phones cannot sell w/o heavy discounts.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:22 3

44. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Nokia maps are good for offline Navigation and offer their coverage in many more countries than Google maps.

Google maps offer very detailed information. Yeah I prefer Google in City, while use Nokia maps when I'm driving to other town.

Similar story here, both are complimentary so I use both of them.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:55 2

47. MeoCao (unregistered)

Nokia use vector data format so their files are smaller and better for off line use.

Google use same data format for their maps on iOS and I expect Goole will soon do that to all their maps.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 02:43 3

28. lumia920 (Posts: 112; Member since: 27 Nov 2012)

microsoft should block google and all of its services on windows and windows phones.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 03:30

33. MeoCao (unregistered)

MS will have to pay billions of dollars in fines if they do what you advise.

And you put MS interests before billions of Google users in the world?

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:11 1

41. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

I'm a MS+Nokia supporter but what you say doesn't make sense.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 03:28 3

32. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

I'm not sure what google has that's so magical and out of this world that people need them. MS has search, maps, calendar, office, etc., all sync on WP easily and with simplicity. All that is need from google is YouTube, not a dedicated app, but the API for WP devs like lazyworms who built metrotube. Apparently Google makes trouble for these devs 2-3 times a year where google makes changes to YouTube therefore making 3rd party YouTube apps useless.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 03:36 1

35. MeoCao (unregistered)

Come on dude, what is special about Windows? Linux can replace Windows easily if not b-c of MS anticompetitive practices.

Do a search with Bing and Google and compare the results: it's night and day.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:15 1

42. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)

Google is unchallenged for products such as YouTube, detailed maps and extensive search.

While MS takes pride in Enterprise products like MS office, Mail for Exchange.

Both are complimentary to each other.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 05:08 2

49. MeoCao (unregistered)

MS rule when it comes to enterprise, that's why Andoid still has to pay fees for ActiveSync to access Outlook.

But MS clearly sees the danger from Google on this front. The key for enterprise is security for the data and easy sharing and Google Docs and Drive offer just that.

I think the key here is creativity and I expect Google to be a great option next to MS Office.

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 03:31

34. lubba (Posts: 1313; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)

@Edmund +2

posted on 28 Dec 2012, 04:19

43. allen83 (Posts: 107; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)

wow MS fans now have a petition on google. And in return what will MS do? They would bully google so they would get down nice move MS. DO you know the news about Scroogle that is MS doing so google just play with MS in their own tactics

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