Google Windows Phone 8

Google and Windows Phone don’t exactly have the coziest of relationships. The YouTube situation is a prime example of how Mountain View isn’t too keen on helping support Windows Phone. However, they did just update their official search app for Windows Phone. Let’s check out what’s new.

Pretty surprising that Google for Windows Phone received an update. Considering it was nearly a year ago that they went on record saying they had no plans to build for Windows or Windows Phone, at least not until there were users there. Maybe Windows Phone is finally gaining some critical mass for El Goog to take notice. So what’s new in the Windows Phone 8 version of Google?

  • Sign in to your Google account within the app.
  • On Windows Phone 8, your voice commands are instantly displayed on the screen.
  • Improved Google Image viewing.
  • Several other bug fixes and resolution enhancements.

Voice searching isn’t new to the Windows Phone app from Google, but they do have a new UI for everything. For example, the mic button has been moved to the bottom. Other features include now being able to sign in with your Google account, improvements for image viewing, and other random bug fixes and resolution enhancements. Check the Vine below of Mark showing off the new UI (if you’re on mobile click here to view it).

Bing is of course built-in to Windows Phone, but if you like to live on the wild side you can check out Google. Although we might not be friends after that. Get it for free in the Windows Phone Store, use the QR codes below, or swipe to the right in our app.

Thanks for the tip @wpscoops!

QR: Google