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.
Microsoft Lets Android Owners Compare Apps
Microsoft has released a new tool aimed at helping people switch from an Android smartphone to a Windows smartphone. AppComparison, an app for Android handsets, scans the device for apps and then finds the corresponding Windows apps.
Unicode 11 with Dozens of New Emoji Arrives June 5
New emoji are coming to a phone near you, eventually. Unicode 11.0, which was finalized in February, will be released on June 5, according to Emojipedia.
Latest Windows 10 Preview Targets Browser and Maps
Microsoft has made a new build of Windows 10 available to mobile phones and PCs alike. Build 14291 makes significant changes to several important features.
Twitter for Windows 10 Overhauled for Mobile and PCs
Twitter for Microsoft's Windows 10 platform has been given a significant update, putting it more in line with the apps available to Android and iOS devices. For example, Twitter now includes the Moments tab for summaries of current events and support for inserting GIFs into tweets.
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.