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 5:57:33 PM
Google builds apps for iOS. Their best version of Maps is the new one just released for it, and I'm sure that the Android version will be brought up to parity very soon, like what happened with the GMail app.
It is all about money. iOS is a huge source of income for Google, even larger than Android is for them. It makes sense to support a competing platform because of that. If WP8 and WinRT end up turning into potential large sources of income then I'm sure that Google will start making more apps for them.
It is actually the exact same reason most mobile developers have for supporting some platforms over others.
"Intel is investing heavily (think gazillions of dollars and bazillions of engineering man hours) in resources to create an Intel host controllers spec in order to speed time to market of the USB 3.0 technology." -- Intel blogger Nick Knupffer
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