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Google says if the demand grows it might develop for Windows 8

Microsoft has been working hard to entice developers to make apps for its new Windows 8 computer operating system and its new smartphone platform, Windows Phone 8. One of the companies that Microsoft hoped would make official apps for its devices was Google, which owns popular e-mail services like Gmail and the cloud-based storage service Drive.

Google has now said that it has no plans to develop dedicated apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8 for Gmail or Drive. In an interview with v3, Google Apps product management director Clay Bavor indicated that Google has chosen not to develop for the new Windows platforms due to a lack of interest from clients.

"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," he said.

He adds, "If that changes, we would invest there, of course."

Bavor said that Google was committed to continually improving and updating the apps it offers for iOS and Android products. 

Source: v3

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Resisting Change
By hpram99 on 12/14/2012 9:10:23 AM , Rating: 2
It really is amazing how even tech people will resist new technology. I work in IT and find helpdesk, engineers, developers, etc, who are very strong advocates of a particular platform. Yet they've never owned one of the competing devices for a reasonable amount of time, and usually come up with petty excuses for not doing so.

I currently have a HTC One X, an iPhone 4s, and a Lumia 920. I love trying new things, and I'm amazed that more people don't give it an honest try.

My wife on the other hand has a death grip on every past device, and I have to smash her 3-4 year old phone out of her hands to get her to look at something new.

RE: Resisting Change
By V-Money on 12/14/2012 4:34:54 PM , Rating: 3
I currently have a HTC One X, an iPhone 4s, and a Lumia 920. I love trying new things, and I'm amazed that more people don't give it an honest try.

I know right, I mean after driving a Cadillac V-Series (where the "V" in my username came from, the "money" part comes from my last name) I wondered why doesn't everyone go out and buy one...I mean I realize our economy is doing better than ever and that disposable income is at an all-time high, but we aren't talking about picking a new flavor of ice cream here to see if we like it.

To actually try out a new system you have to be able to use it consistently for longer than you can use a product in a store, and people typically don't buy multiple 600 dollar smartphones at a time just for the hell of it. For those who are buying a new phone, what is the real incentive of buying one that has a different OS if the one you have is working fine.

Whether you like Android, iOS, or Win8 they all can handle pretty much anything we need them to. None are hard to use and the advantages to any of them are only advantages to certain people. For instance, I love my android phone and love that I can use widgets and love that I can so easily root and mod the crap out of it to be exactly how I like it. To a lot of people that really isn't an advantage because they can't figure out how to reboot their *^%^ing phone (I'm talking to you iPhone users, no matter how much I avoid that damn phone I always have to be an expert at fixing them). I regress though, I would much rather help someone who is content with their iPhone and has it freeze up or randomly die than the person who buys an android phone and inadvertently bricks it because they think they know what they are doing.

RE: Resisting Change
By JediJeb on 12/14/2012 5:22:53 PM , Rating: 2
I currently have a HTC One X, an iPhone 4s, and a Lumia 920.

Which one makes the best phone calls?

You would probably have to smash my original black Moto V3 out of my hands because I am not planning to upgrade until it dies :)

RE: Resisting Change
By kmmatney on 12/15/2012 3:14:26 AM , Rating: 2
Well, I like iOS, and like having shared apps across my phones and the 2 iPads in the house. There hasn't been anything compelling enough to make me want to switch. My iPhone 4S is Jailbroken, so I get free tethering, as well as freedom. That said, after having used a GS Note II for a little while, I now want something bigger, and the iPhone 5 isn't big enough. I hope Apple comes out with something by the time my contract is up, or I won't be too resistant to change.

RE: Resisting Change
By MartyLK on 12/15/2012 3:49:21 AM , Rating: 1
That's what I say. Apple needs to offer at least two phones. One for the traditionalists and one for the rest. Keep the current one and put out a 4.5" to 5" phone alongside the current one.

But they should create a whole new OS for the larger one. An OS based on widgets or something similar.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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