Petition aims to bring Google Apps to Windows Phone

The state of Google Apps on Windows Phone is rather poor, often requiring dodgy workarounds to enable critical features such as multiple calendars. Things are set to get even worse thanks to the announcement that Google will be dropping Exchange ActiveSync support for Gmail in January, forcing people to switch to a different and potentially inferior protocol for mail, calendar and contacts sync.

A significant portion of Windows Phone users rely on popular Google services including Gmail, so a petition has surfaced from the guys at WMPowerUser that will hopefully draw Google's attention to the state of their apps on rival platforms. The petition, posted on Change.org, says that by Google not supporting Windows Phone, "consumers suffer" and that Google will do a "great service to their users and consumers by offering some products" on rival platforms.

As Google primarily makes money from the services they provide, it makes sense for them to provide a decent user experience across multiple platforms. Currently their services are shoddy at best on Windows Phone, and that could easily be remedied - just look at the recent and fantastic implementation of Google Maps for iOS, a great app on a rival platform.

If you want to sign the petition, you can do so here.

Source: WMPowerUser

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I don't use any of Google apps but I think this would benefit both companies. Microsoft with some good publicity and users with some good usability options on WP so hopefully Google will take action

Only 1500?? They should at least target 10,000.

They are attaching no value to the petition by asking for such a small number.

dtourond said,
1,500 isn't all that bad..

Even though it's such a pathetically tiny proportion of users that it's basically insignificant? To be fair, even 10,000 isn't much. They should really aim for (a lot) more now that they're getting some publicity.

Manish said,
Even though it's such a pathetically tiny proportion of users that it's basically insignificant? To be fair, even 10,000 isn't much. They should really aim for (a lot) more now that they're getting some publicity.
I think they might just get to 10,000 yet. I just refreshed the petition page and it's at 3,319 and counting.

Ah! Petitions! I just click and people start to listen. Peoples' beliefs in some kind of democracy. Google will only do if they can make money and if Microsoft let them publish. That is how the market works. Think what you would do in their situation as a company and you'll stop worrying about things not worth worrying about.

Google Apps for Business will continue EAS support. The current EAS support works fine. If Microsoft want to lure Gmail users who are not prepared to fully switch to Outlook.com onto WP8 they will need to support the ancient inferior industry standard IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV. Then people may switch if they are impressed with Microsoft's offering that got themselves in the door. Microsoft need to throw everything they can to get their platforms off the ground, at the moment there is a lot of smoke and noise but it's just a static fire because it's not taking off.

Simon- said,
Google Apps for Business will continue EAS support. The current EAS support works fine. If Microsoft want to lure Gmail users who are not prepared to fully switch to Outlook.com onto WP8 they will need to support the ancient inferior industry standard IMAP, CalDAV and CardDAV. Then people may switch if they are impressed with Microsoft's offering that got themselves in the door. Microsoft need to throw everything they can to get their platforms off the ground, at the moment there is a lot of smoke and noise but it's just a static fire because it's not taking off.


EAS is greater than the caldav imap and whatever you mentioned put together... Am quite suprise how those stuffs are still the industry standard...

That's a big 'if'. It hasn't taken off yet, so Google has no incentive to making Google apps for that platform. One reason why I can't use WP, I love my HTC Trophy, but a lack of Google integration is a deal breaker.

If you really need google maps gmaps app for wp8 rocks. even has latitude support. I only use that app for latitude though because I use nokia drive + on my phone. I live on long island so the actual streets are right so that's all that counts.

I only use google apps for work , I use the Hotmail section for my personal calendars .

If the excuse "you know what you're getting when you buy it" flies for those that don't like Windows 8, it flies for those that buy Windows Phone as well. Google have absolutely no obligation to release their apps for Windows Phone, it's their choice.

Javik said,
If the excuse "you know what you're getting when you buy it" flies for those that don't like Windows 8, it flies for those that buy Windows Phone as well. Google have absolutely no obligation to release their apps for Windows Phone, it's their choice.

I agree with this message.

I wish people would stop saying things like "I HATE GOOGLE PRODUCTS" in the comments on the petition. It's stupid. We're trying to get them to support the best mobile OS in the world, not dismiss it. And almost no one can say that there's not a single Google Product that they use every day. For me, it's Google+ and Google Reader. There's some pretty excellent Google Reader clients, like NextGen Reader, but I don't think anything can beat a first party experience.

Once the market share for Windows Phone increases past a certain point it will be in Google's own interest to produce apps for the platform. Its one of those things that im sure will happen eventually. Many of you who want these apps have already done the best most likely thing to influence them and that is buying in to WP.

LOL YES!!!! I just got my Lumia 920 today and first thing I did was clean out all the nokia and bing products in anticipation for Google apps.

Whoops!

As an Android user today, I am decided to setup my Outlook.com account to sync my Google data, calendar, contacts and gmail so as I get ready to sell my new GN2 and look for something in the current WP8 offerings from Verizon until a "high end" WP8 device comes along. I vote with my wallet and I can continue to send/receive my gapps related stuff as if it was native without needing to support Google.

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