Google: no Gmail or Drive for Windows Phone 8 till people start using it

Google: no Gmail or Drive for Windows Phone 8 till people start using itDespite high-profile backing from HTC, Samsung and Nokia, Microsoft’s Windows Phone continues to struggle in terms of smartphone market share. Of course, analysts reckon that might change come 2016.

In the meantime, though, there’s not a huge incentive for developers to embrace Windows Phone 8, and Google reckons it’s not yet worth bringing Gmail or Google Drive to the platform.

That’s the official word according to the Google Apps product management director, Mr Clay Bavor. He’s been jawing with the guys at V3.

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

To be fair to Windows Phone 8, there aren’t many big-name app gaps. Indeed, at the Windows Phone 8 launch, Microsoft claimed to have secured 46 of the top 50 apps from rival platforms – the four omissions being Instagram, Pinterest, Viber and, er, Wells Fargo.

I was quite surprised to see two of the Dealspwn guys rocking Windows Phone handsets at our night out thingy. How bizarre.

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AhmadCentral  Dec. 14, 2012 at 14:09

I guess we'll have to wait till Windows 9 then.

I kid i kid. I'm sure someone will buy Windows 8.... eventually...

Pondlife  Dec. 14, 2012 at 14:12

Did they ever list the 46 they did get?

Course it's not surprising that gmail could downplay the opposition, not that they have to work hard.

Initially found the lack of developing on w8 more surprising but guess you can just use chrome and add ons.

salmonmax  Dec. 14, 2012 at 16:56

The thing is, do those apps have a raison d'etre? WP and Windows 8 have native and third party apps for email, there is a PC client for Google Drive (and either can be accessed via the web)

The reality is, if you have WP or Windows 8 you have (a) little need for these apps and (b) are probably not using either service - investing the development time won't win over new customers i.e. users will be on skydrive with more free storage and cheaper extra storage and integrated into the OS, or they'll be swayed to move to google by the sudden appearance of the app?

in summary, if you using google's services and move to wp or windows8 you're fine (and don't need the apps, if you're a new user then it's not worth google trying to entice you over with 'shinies'.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that native Google Apps aren't widely used, even on android for pretty much the same reasons.


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