Looking for that Google app for your Windows Phone? Don't hold your breath
If you're holding your breath for some more official apps from Google for Windows Phone or Windows 8, you stop trying now. A Google product manager has gone on record saying the Mountain View company has no plans to develop its application for Microsoft's competing operating system. The reason may surprise you.
So Google isn't actively developing for Windows Phone or Windows 8 because it just doesn't see the market for it yet. Speaking with tech site V3, Clay Bavor went on record saying:
While there aren't any current plans to bring popular services like YouTube or Google Talk to Windows Phone or Windows 8, there could be hope for both platforms as they gain market share.
Thankfully, Windows Phone so far has some great 3rd party developer support to fill the void in the meantime. Apps like MetroTube really set the bar high and it's hard to imagine what Google could do different for it's own YouTube client or MetroTalk for a Google Voice replacement.
Any services from Google you're really missing on either Windows 8 or Windows Phone? Favorite 3rd party alternatives?
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By Jez Corden
I can vouch for MetroTube. Glad they brought it back, as it's my favorite YouTube client.
Oh, and SCREW GOOGLE. I don't use any of their services, and I do my best to get others off of their services.
Bing, Skydive and Live services (outlook.com or office365) are more powerful :)
Google is an ad company who gives away most of its services to get more eyeballs. There are millions of eyeballs on on WP even if in comparison there aren't hundreds of millions of eyeballs like with iOS and Android. If you look at the 3rd party Google apps on WP they weren't made by huge teams of people. With all the money and "talent" at Googles disposal they can't throw a few software developers at making Windows 8/WP8 apps??? The same company that just stopped working on a bunch of failed projects to "put more wood behind more arrows" and is know for letting employess work on side projects that might ultimately benefit Google down the line?
So no, don't for a second believe that they don't have a few software developers they can dedicated to doing Windows 8/WP8 development. They absolutely could but they are being catty little bitches and care more about their rilvary with Microsoft than they do about their "customers" that are using competing platforms.
Also if nobody is using Windows 8 why was Google falling all overthemselves to save people from using Bing when Windows 8 launched? I think there was a "get your Google back" campaign or something...
I especially feel the need when I seed apologist and indoctrinated fanboys spreading FUD. Microsoft and WP have many many flaws and are far from perfect. But when company's like Google (and their fans) try to put themselves on a pestal I'm there to offer up the truth.
While I prefer g+ to facebook, the lack of app really kills my usage of it since the web client is mediocre at best for doing anything quickly (given the constant need to sign in) and last I checked, they havent opened up the product to really allow outside developers to do anything.
Youtube application was a mere HTML5 port app.
Metrotube goes a long way, has better graphics , although its using Youtube Api's . but still much better than google.
Bing is working fine for me. It's a little short of what comes out of google voice.
Honestly, I dumped all Google services when I gave up on Android, because I just don't trust their terms of services. That said, I have several colleagues who depend on Gmail and such, so I appreciate seeing the alternative solutions available like MetroTube and MetroTalk.
The only reason I use it now over IE10 is bookmark sync. Once WP8 and Windows 8 are able to sync bookmarks, my Google usage will be gone.
They can argue that that doesn't mean people will stick by W8. Sure. That *can* be true. I know of many people who bought W8 and then went back to W7 because they hated the new toutch-screen designed tiles interface (albeit the possibility of having it in the traditional desktop form).
I don't really care since I decided not to buy Windows 8 the moment they said the Lumia 800 wasn't upgradable to WP8 2 months after release and that they wouldn't have any kind of exchange campaign. And I obviously am not buying a WP8 (specially given the way Microsoft has treated WP7.5 costumers). But I can't really say I use many Google Apps either. I only use their Google App ('cause Bing s*cks). My YouTube App is the one Microsoft released and it works fine so... Let's see how things play out
And don't worry. I already did and got myself an iPhone. Like the rest of the world. At least there I know what to expect. And I'll eventually leave Microsoft to their remaining customers. Those 7 people who still stick with them despite being treated like sh*t
But when I do, I don't need a Google app.
If Google relesaes official apps for WP8 and/or W8, it may lose Android users (both on phones and tablets), who are sticking with Google's platform from switching to WP/W. My guess quite a few do no switch because of this reason. Also, WP users furstarted with lack of support may switch to Andriod. Its a strategy to kill the competition at birth, instead of encouraging it, by supporting with apps.
Its very logical decision by Google, even MS might have done it, if its in Google's position.
outlook.com for email (best implementation of web email IMHO), metroTube and metroTalk. Full office suite on WP8, oneNote, etc etc. If I were Google, I would build some apps just to keep users from re-discovering how far MS has come along in the cloud.
Google Docs though, yeah I'm going to pass the company documents through that, I saw the limitations the free alternatives like StarOffice a long time ago, and now they are charging there really isn't a compelling reason.
Why don't you upgrade to W8? I did with my Vista machine and it runs better than when I first got it. Technology changes quickly and ANY product you buy will become antiquated at some point. Deal with or adapt.
But not enough users for windows 8 just shows this guy is a corporate liar, it looks like Google are going the solo direction here to try and starve Microsoft out.
I think its going to prove a mistake, perhaps even a very big mistake.
likely there are alternatives to google
Microsoft: a software company that wants its software to run on any platform if possible. As a hardware company they've been good for the XBOX and Mice. The rest needs to be proven - Let's not bet on Surface (Phone or PC).
Apple: A hardware company that revolutionalized the music industry - capitalized on others patents and vendor locking. They've done software to run their hardware - because software is an enabler for their hardware. (look at me those bootcamps Win7)
Google: An ad company that has created software and hardware with OEM as an enabler for their Advertisment business.
Who would you trust on long term??