Google API library for .NET paves the way for Google services on Windows phone

Google quietly announced last week that it has released an API library for .NET which is the first major step towards getting Google services on to Windows Phone. Google says that this is an open-source project and it is hosted over on NuGet.

The new library will let developers who are using Microsoft’s .NET framework integrate their desktop or Windows Phone apps with Google services. Google says that there are more than 50 APIs in the library including Google Calendar, YouTube, Analytics, and many more.

This step by Google is a big move towards getting quality Google services into Microsoft’s mobile and desktop stores. Previously, using Google services on Windows Phone was not welcomed by Google. At one point, Microsoft and Google were fighting, very publicly we might add, about a Microsoft built YouTube app that Microsoft pushed out to the Windows Phone store.

You can check out the library here and if you are a developer, let us know if you plan on including any Google services in your next app.

Source: Google

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With Google Voice rumored to be killed off and absorbed into Hangouts, that's all I really want to be happy. Just give us Hangouts, Google, so we can still use GV's features like I am now with third party apps like Metrotalk. Stop being so petty!

Excellent news had to read up twice to make sure it was for real. So far it has been very "hacky" at best to utilize a lot of their services on Windows...

The whole boycott from google was a strategic move to prevent the growth of Windows Phone. now that they failed to kill Windows Phone trying to bring their services at some point in future to not to get behind MS in cloud services.

este said,
No thanks! The whole reason I would get WP is to not be hooked up with any Google/Android apps.

I share the feeling but you know the tech bloggers will not stop bashing the lack of google apps until such time as they show up. and then they will find yet another thing to bash on as the next bing thing. Noticed how the arrival of instagram which was their "token" must have app which, according to them, meant "deal breaking" suddenly became irrelevant in their articles? now we're back to: oh, it's not the big name ones, it's bob's raising star app.

Great news for WP for Google to realize that WP is growing and they just can't ignore it away. But I doubt I'll use very many of the google apps. I've pretty much divested myself from google, other than mail and ytube. I'll probably begin migrating my mail off of gmail soon and well, people still use ytube, so there isn't much I can do about that.

Microsoft, I hope your breathing a sigh of relief.
I really wish Google would write apps for WP. You can totally see why they wouldn't want to but at the same time it's only the consumer that gets hurt.

that was taking a long while...
me and other guys at Sela Group had a three day hackaton and developed samples for the .net api + the broker for the oAuth of windows phone back in August.

Not likely, but do you really even need it with so many better third party alternates? The official YouTube app on Android sucks compared to some and it was no match to Microsoft's own YouTube app on WP which was killed by Google.

LOL Google support for a Windows platform? Does every API call return a string that says "This feature is not supported on the current platform."

Lord Method Man said,
LOL Google support for a Windows platform? Does every API call return a string that says "This feature is not supported on the current platform."

no. It will say: use html5

Not really, these APIs have always been available, this only makes it easier via .NET... doesn't mean they'll actually provide anything.

Kalint said,
Congratulations Windows Phone! You've finally gotten the attention of Google!

Haaa yes, it should be cool to see Sergay Brin dressed like a glasshole in the podium of //Build 2014... talking about an alliance with Microsoft with fiull access to google apis in exchange for a forced google+ account to all MSDN subscribers.

aleb said,

Haaa yes, it should be cool to see Sergay Brin dressed like a glasshole in the podium of //Build 2014... talking about an alliance with Microsoft with fiull access to google apis in exchange for a forced google+ account to all MSDN subscribers.

Isnt it time for you to try to fit a square peg in a round hole again?

Yeah right... lol... plus it's not like anyone would want them to taint WP anyway. Just allow Microsoft to bring back the awesome YouTube app they made and then we're all good.

This isn't really anything special... Google just rolled all of their existing .NET libraries onto NuGet. NuGet isn't a site for open source projects or code source... It is all about making it easier for developers to add libraries to their projects. So This doesn't signal anymore effort to promote Windows based development than before (unless developers were finding it very hard to head over to developers.google.com)...

LogicalApex said,
This isn't really anything special... Google just rolled all of their existing .NET libraries onto NuGet. NuGet isn't a site for open source projects or code source... It is all about making it easier for developers to add libraries to their projects. So This doesn't signal anymore effort to promote Windows based development than before (unless developers were finding it very hard to head over to developers.google.com)...

nice take

Totally agree. Other than new "affordability" by being able to do it in straight .Net I don't see the significance. Youtube, Search, etc have all been available via OData/REST for a long time.

bc3tech said,
Totally agree. Other than new "affordability" by being able to do it in straight .Net I don't see the significance. Youtube, Search, etc have all been available via OData/REST for a long time.

The problem with this is that Google constantly tweaks their OData and REST access methods. This constantly breaks apps that Windows/Windows Phone developers create, making more work for these developers which means they have to spend more time and money fixing what Google broke. Now, these developers have an officially sanctioned API that gives them better access to Google's services, they won't have to spend nearly as much time fixing apps.

Anthony S said,

The problem with this is that Google constantly tweaks their OData and REST access methods. This constantly breaks apps that Windows/Windows Phone developers create, making more work for these developers which means they have to spend more time and money fixing what Google broke. Now, these developers have an officially sanctioned API that gives them better access to Google's services, they won't have to spend nearly as much time fixing apps.

yup

this is very good news indeed. I hope to see much better Windows Phone apps for Google Services coming out of this or at the very least substantial upgrades to the apps that are already out there.