Google Search app for Windows 8 gets new update

It's been a while since Google has launched a new update for its Google Search app for Windows 8 but today a new version is now available for download. The last such update was released in mid-November and added Windows RT support as well as a way to view YouTube videos inside the app. 

Today's new update for Google Search seems to be a fairly minor upgrade for the app. The change notes state that it now has a way to change the voice search language in the app's settings. It also has a way to view a user's Google Web History. Finally, there are some unnamed bug fixes in this new version.

The Google Search app remains the only Windows 8 app that's been made directly by Google and it remains one of the most downloaded free Modern-style apps for Microsoft's OS; it's currently in the number three spot on the top 100 free Windows 8 app list in the Windows Store.

The company has already stated it has no plans to launch anymore official Windows 8 apps for its services such as YouTube, Google Maps and Gmail. That hasn't stopped a number of third party Windows 8 app developers from making their own Google-based apps, with YouTube video apps being particularly popular in the Windows Store.

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Nope. The Google app lists "YouTube" under applications, but it just tells you to open the site in a separate browser.

Edit: Though now that I look at it, video seems to play just fine. Google just still puts the warning up for some reason.

Edit moar: Aaaand since the search bar is a permanent fixture in the app, it seems to be impossible to view a video totally full screen. Neato!

Joshie said,
Nope. The Google app lists "YouTube" under applications, but it just tells you to open the site in a separate browser.

Edit: Though now that I look at it, video seems to play just fine. Google just still puts the warning up for some reason.

Edit moar: Aaaand since the search bar is a permanent fixture in the app, it seems to be impossible to view a video totally full screen. Neato!


Haha, not perfect, but there is one!

I dont need an official app. 'Youtube Player' is great and if it does fail then there's also 'Primetube' as a back up. I've stopped using the later because I prefer the UI of Youtube Player although I stil use Primetube on my Windows Phone. Where I (ironically) prefer it over Metrotube due to its UI.

Anyway enough substitutes for youtube. What Microsoft does need is support from Facebook. The facebook substitutes are poor with Metro Social being the best and its only 'ok'.

MVD said,
Why would Facebook waste resources on a dead platform

Why would you waste words on a dead platform?

Answer: because its not dead, no matter how much you wish it to be true.

Windows 8 is far from perfect but its great on touch devices. I own a Surface RT myself so I know from first hand experience. People I show it to are impressed but they have no idea it exists. I think there is a lot of potential for Windows 8 (RT) once word gets around and cheaper devices become available.

More importantly this is Microsoft we're talking about. They might not be doing so great in the consumer space right now but they are not out of the race. They will not simply roll over and die and as long as they support the platform it is not dead.

EDIT: I must also add that lately the quality of the apps released on the platform has skyrocketed. Apart from a Facebook app there is not a single app that I'm missing.

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