iPhone's Gmail app unofficially ported to Windows Phone 8

iPhone's Gmail app unofficially ported to Windows Phone 8
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.

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. 


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13 Comments

1. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

I bet Google ain't cool with this

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: May 15, 2013

downloading this before app is discontinued or changed like youtube one

7. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 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!

3. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

MS TO GOOGLE : PROBLEM ? :D

6. icyrock1

Posts: 307; Member since: Mar 25, 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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I don't have an issue with the stock email setup, myself. *shrug*

8. Edmund

Posts: 656; Member since: Jul 13, 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.

9. Credo

Posts: 749; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

+920!

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: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Ahh.. can't you set up Gmail through the standard WP system.. like Yahoo, etc..? Was pretty sure you could..

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