A Google product director has revealed in an interview the company has no plans to develop dedicated applications for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8. This will come as a blow to Microsoft users on the day Google’s Maps app became available for iOS, which followed an extensively upgraded version of its YouTube app released earlier this month.
The interview was conducted by V3, and was with Clay Bavor, product management director for Google Apps. He’s quoted as saying: “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.”
Ouch, cutting words indeed, and they come shortly after Google chairman Eric Schmidt compared its progress against Apple in the battle for mobile supremacy, as similar to the Microsoft and Apple PC wars, putting Google in Microsoft’s role as its market share steadily increases. Google is obviously feeling confident.
Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 is struggling with a market share of around 3%, however CEO Steve Ballmer has said it’s selling well, so this could increase for the next round of analysts figures. PC operating system Windows 8 is very new, and therefore has only grabbed 1% of the market.
Google’s Bavor recognised both platforms are still in their infancy though, and added that should customers flock to Windows, “we would invest there, of course.” Regardless of this, no official Google apps inside the Windows Phone Store right now won’t help adoption, as official YouTube, Drive, Google+ and Gmail apps are likely to be among the first searches, particularly by mobile newcomers. In the meantime, Google remains committed to improving applications released for both Android and iOS.