Friday, December 14, 2012

Keeping focused (Google apps on Windows Phone 8)

Recently I took MySpace to task for not supporting Internet Explorer. But MySpace isn't the only company that isn't so hot about Microsoft. V3:

[T]he firm's product management director at Google Apps, Clay Bavor, said that due to what it sees as a lack of interest from its clients on the systems, it is holding back on any work at present.

"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.

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

Instead Bavor said the firm was committed to continually improving and updating its iOS and Android products.

InformationWeek provides the numbers:

Third-party studies show Bavor's concerns aren't without some justification. Windows Phone currently holds just 3.2% of the mobile operating system market, according to the latest numbers from ComScore. Apple holds 34.3%%, while market leader Google, with its Android OS, commands a 53.6% share.

This doesn't mean that Windows Phone 8 users lost. Alexey Strakh has written gMaps, billed as the "Ultimate Windows Phone 7 client for Google Maps." However, Strakh emphatically points out

***We are not related to Google, Inc.***

But companies such as Twitter and Netflix have released apps for Windows Phone. And a Google Search app from Google is available. After all you need something to battle the built-in Bing features.

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