Google Won't Develop Dedicated Apps For Windows 8, Windows Phone 8
December 14, 2012 8:16 AM
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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 v
, 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.
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RE: Stunning annoucement!
12/14/2012 11:56:13 AM
You must be doing something wrong... I've had the Samsung Focus WP7 for two years and have had turn by turn directions on the built-in Bing maps since forever...
The only thing I'd improve is automatic recalculation of route, that's the only time I have to tap the screen, if I "go the wrong way" and need re-calculating.
It also integrates with my car's Bluetooth, so if I'm listening to music, it pauses the music, speaks out the directions and resumes the playback...
RE: Stunning annoucement!
12/14/2012 11:58:54 AM
This should explain it well enough:
"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer
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