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Google Taking Wait-and-See Approach to Windows Phone

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Dec 12, 2012, 5:54 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

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.


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Dec 13, 2012, 8:51 AM

Don't make us wait too long, Google!

I hope they get working on their service Apps soon. I'm loving Windows 8, and while I can sync my GMail in the Mail app, it'd be really nice to have native support for all the other services I use on a regular basis as well.

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.
It's really a numbers game. Right now, there aren't that many WP8 users out there, and, since developing apps takes time and resources, Google is saying that developing for that platform may not be worthwhile, given how many users there are right now...
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