iPhone's Gmail app unofficially ported to Windows Phone 8
posted by Michael H. / Jun 03, 2013, 8:59 PM
The app looks all right, but it was clearly not designed to feel like a Windows Phone app. It takes most of its design cues from the iPhone Gmail app, as well as most of its feature set. And, the early reviews are mixed, and there are some that say fetching new messages and push notifications can be slow.
Still, there aren't a lot of options for Windows Phone users, so it can't hurt to give this one a shot. The app is only available for Windows Phone 8. There is a free version and a paid version. The paid version adds push notifications, and costs 99 cents.
I bet Google ain't cool with this
posted on Jun 03, 2013, 9:10 PM 6
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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.
posted on Jun 03, 2013, 9:15 PM 7
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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!
posted on Jun 04, 2013, 2:31 AM 1
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MS TO GOOGLE : PROBLEM ? :D
posted on Jun 03, 2013, 9:55 PM 2
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I'm nearly 100% sure this is illegal (at least, if it's not why aren't more people doing this??).
posted on Jun 03, 2013, 11:17 PM 3
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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.
posted on Jun 04, 2013, 4:09 AM 5
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