Google Taking Wait-and-See Approach to Windows Phone
Google product management director Clay Bavor recently indicated that the company is not yet ready to commit financial resources to support Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Speaking to U.K. publication V3, Bavor said, "We have no plans to build out Windows apps. We are very careful about where we invest and will go where the users are but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8. If that changes, we would invest there, of course." A search of the Windows Phone Store reveals that Google Search is the only application developed by Google for Microsoft's smartphone platform. The bulk of its services, such as Google+, Google Talk, Google Maps, and others, are unavailable in native app form to Windows Phones. Instead, said Bavor, Google is favoring its own Android platform as well as Apple's iOS platform.
Review: Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile
Window 10 for smartphones builds on the foundation created by Microsoft for its desktops, laptops, and tablets. Windows 10 is a unifying platform that boasts universal apps and common, key functions that make for a seamless experience across form factors.
Apple Debuts HomePod, Its Competitor to Google Home and Amazon Echo
Apple today announced the HomePod, a new in-home speaker similar to the Google Home and Amazon Echo. It features the Siri voice-based assistant and can act on spoken requests with a focus on music.
Facebook to Make Its Instant Articles Compatible with Google, Apple Formats
Facebook wants content to be more readable across the web and took steps this week toward that goal by tweaking the SDK for its Instant Articles. Facebook's Instant Articles give publishers a way to streamline content for consumption on mobile devices, but Instant Articles aren't compatible with the mobile-first styles used by Google and Apple.
Google Uses Machine Learning to Tweak Sheets
Google today rolled out new features for its Sheets spreadsheet application. Most of the new features target the desktop-based version of Sheets.
Don't make us wait too long, Google!
I'm not sure what they're waiting to see either. It may not be the most well loved OS so far, but there are and will continue to be a rapidly growing number of people using Windows 8. It's not going anywhere.