Google Search app for Windows 8 launched

We have been awaiting word about more major companies jumping in on the Windows 8 app bandwagon, and today there's word that one of Microsoft's biggest rivals Google has published its own Windows 8-based search app in the Windows Store.

The app's description in the store states that users of Windows 8 who don't want to use the default Bing service in the Search charm can now use Google when the app is installed. It offers both text and images searches and even offers a way to search for Internet content via a person's voice. It contains links to several of the company's other online services such as Gmail, Google Maps, Google+, Google Drive, and YouTube.

One thing that is interesting is that this Google Search app is one of the few that is a Windows 8 exclusive. The app does not yet support Windows RT. Nearly all of the apps released from the Windows Store support both Windows 8 and Windows RT.

There's no word on if Google will release any more Windows 8 apps. Certainly, many users would welcome a YouTube app for the OS. Google has released an early developer version of its Chrome web browser made to work with the "Modern" UI of Windows 8 but a final public build is not expected for a number of months.

Via: News.com
Source: Windows Store website | Image via Google

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Clean and simple, I think it looks nice. The only thing I don't like is that big Speak Now mic. Also, I'm afraid those "Applications" are just fake apps ala Chrome "app" but in reality are just bookmarks.

Eins.MY said,
why the hell this app is not compatible with ARM...? only x86 and x64 support?

I thought all Metro apps that can be downloaded from the store support ARM as well.

yardmanflex said,

I thought all Metro apps that can be downloaded from the store support ARM as well.

apparently not. silly google

neonspark said,
oh how they must hate it to have to support what will kill android tablets.

A bold claim, meanwhile back in the real world it'll be impressive if MS gets a few percentage points of market share.

I'd say that the lack of a Window RT compatible version is quite deliberate given that Google have refused to release any software for Windows Phone. They obviously don't want to support platforms that compete with their own. Thankfully there's no need for their crapware because Microsoft provide better alternatives.

jakem1 said,
I'd say that the lack of a Window RT compatible version is quite deliberate given that Google have refused to release any software for Windows Phone. They obviously don't want to support platforms that compete with their own. Thankfully there's no need for their crapware because Microsoft provide better alternatives.

In that case, why do they have loads of apps for iOS and some for Blackberry, they are targeting platforms with market share big enough that it'll be worth their while.

thealexweb said,

In that case, why do they have loads of apps for iOS and some for Blackberry, they are targeting platforms with market share big enough that it'll be worth their while.

BB isn't competition, its dying. iOS is to big to ignore. Google want to stop WP becoming a big competitor or slow it down as much as possible.

duddit2 said,

BB isn't competition, its dying. iOS is to big to ignore. Google want to stop WP becoming a big competitor or slow it down as much as possible.

Well they have been slowing killing off their BB app offerings but back when BB was more relevant BB users had a better offering from Google.

Also some inside Google may think if its worth supporting WP8 right now given that a large slice of their current userbase are Microsoft supporters and wouldn't go near their apps just because they'd be from Google.

jakem1 said,
I'd say that the lack of a Window RT compatible version is quite deliberate given that Google have refused to release any software for Windows Phone. They obviously don't want to support platforms that compete with their own. Thankfully there's no need for their crapware because Microsoft provide better alternatives.

Wow, iOS is their biggest competitor. Windows doesn't register on their radar. If or when Windows has enough market share, Google will build it.

Relax. Their is no conspiracy. Put your tinfoil hat away.

WalterEgo404 said,

Wow, iOS is their biggest competitor. Windows doesn't register on their radar. If or when Windows has enough market share, Google will build it.

Relax. Their is no conspiracy. Put your tinfoil hat away.


Correct me if I am wrong, but a Windows 8 app should run across all versions of the OS, including RT as long as its a Modern UI app.

Correct me if I am wrong, but a Windows 8 app should run across all versions of the OS, including RT as long as its a Modern UI app.

WalterEgo404 said,

Wow, iOS is their biggest competitor. Windows doesn't register on their radar. If or when Windows has enough market share, Google will build it.

Relax. Their is no conspiracy. Put your tinfoil hat away.

Kunal Nanda said,

Correct me if I am wrong, but a Windows 8 app should run across all versions of the OS, including RT as long as its a Modern UI app.

You are correct sir. Windows 8 RT only runs Modern UI. Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro run both Modern UI Apps and legacy Apps (Such as Autodesk products, Photoshop CS6, etc.)

WaqasTariq said,
I need a WP Youtube app, and a maps app please Google!

Try MetroTube or SuperTube for Youtube and gMaps for Google Maps.