Google Search app for Windows 8 adds Windows RT support

When Google launched its official Google Search app for Windows 8 a few weeks ago, we noted that the app was one of the few in the Windows Store that didn't support Windows RT. Today, the company has released an update to the app that solves that problem.

As noted on the Google Search Windows 8 page, the update allows the app to run on Windows RT. That means users of Microsoft's Surface tablet, as well as the Asus Vivo Tab RT and upcoming future Windows RT devices from Dell, Samsung and others, can go ahead and install the app. The new version of the app also reportedly has "more YouTube support", according to the notes. According to one of our commentators, this means the app now lets its users view YouTube videos inside the app for the first time.

Once installed, the Google Search app can be used as a replacement for the Search Charm in both Windows 8 and now Windows RT, rather than Microsoft's default Bing service. It also offers up links to many of Google's online services such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google+, and Google Drive and even allows for users to search via their voice.

So far, Google has yet to release any dedicated Windows 8/RT apps for services like YouTube, Google Maps and others.

Source: Windows Store website | Image via Google

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Search charm does not only for web but also apps. For instance, if I type Chicago and select Bing travel apps, it will search chicago with Bing travel. How does this google replace search charm works?

minster11 said,
Search charm does not only for web but also apps. For instance, if I type Chicago and select Bing travel apps, it will search chicago with Bing travel. How does this google replace search charm works?

I think they meant it plugs into the search charm, there's no mechanism to "replace" it.

minster11 said,
How does this google replace search charm works?

Probably that instead of just using Bing in the Search charm to search the Web, the Google Search app hooks into the search contract and can be used to search with it instead.

minster11 said,
Search charm does not only for web but also apps. For instance, if I type Chicago and select Bing travel apps, it will search chicago with Bing travel. How does this google replace search charm works?
Travel/News/Weather/etc. are separate apps which is why each has a search entry. Google Search is a single app so you'd have to do your search and then choose your category type within it.

lordcanti86 said,
Alright, Google. That's cool. Now how about an official YouTube app?

I would really like Google to release a YouTub app but according to WPCentral, a Windows RT version (and I'm guessing a Windows 8) of MetroTube is in the works. I haven't used MetroTube but from the videos I've seen, it looks like a great app!

The more YouTube support means that you can actually view YouTube videos on the app. Before the update, launching YouTube from the Google app resulted in "you don't have flash installed" error. Now, YouTube videos load using HTML5 in the Google Search app.

Also, the Google Chrome web browser is listed in the Windows Store for those that didn't know.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,
The more YouTube support means that you can actually view YouTube videos on the app. Before the update, launching YouTube from the Google app resulted in "you don't have flash installed" error. Now, YouTube videos load using HTML5 in the Google Search app.

Also, the Google Chrome web browser is listed in the Windows Store for those that didn't know.


Yes but as a desktop app..not as a Windows 8 "Metro" app

John Callaham said,

Yes but as a desktop app..not as a Windows 8 "Metro" app

Chrome as the default browser IS a Metro-style app. It works just like IE by being a hybrid desktop and metro style app.

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

Chrome as the default browser IS a Metro-style app. It works just like IE by being a hybrid desktop and metro style app.

It's not a Windows RT app. There's no Google Chrome "metro"-style app yet.

Richio said,
Sounds goood
*controversial point on neowin: Good. Bing never finds what I need.*

It's controversial because you word it hyperbolically. The odds of Bing "never" finding what you need where Google successfully finds it using the exact same search string approach infinity.

Joshie said,

It's controversial because you word it hyperbolically. The odds of Bing "never" finding what you need where Google successfully finds it using the exact same search string approach infinity.

True point. It would be more correct to say, 'Bing rarely' or 'Bing hardly ever' finds what you need. Never could only be used in a phrase like, 'Bing will never find what I need, since I do not use it.'

Richio said,
Sounds goood
*controversial point on neowin: Good. Bing never finds what I need.*

Srearch for "Bing It On." I actually prefer Bing these days, unless I'm looking for something...naughty. Bing's morals are a whole lot cleaner than Google's.

Richio said,
*controversial point on neowin: Good. Bing never finds what I need.*

Yes, bing sucks for finding pirated stuff, specially porn. /S