Update for Windows Phone 8's Google Search app adds new features

Microsoft and Google have been waging a little war over app support for their two mobile operating systems. Microsoft has released a number of Android apps for its products but so far Google has only released a Search app for Windows Phone 8. An attempt by Microsoft and Google to work together to make a Windows Phone YouTube app has not worked out and currently Microsoft is offering just an HTML5-based YouTube app.

Today, however, Google unexpectedly decided to update its search app for Windows Phone 8 with a few new features. The biggest addition is the ability to see any voice commands that might be used displayed on the screen. The new version also has some improvements in Google Image viewing, along with the ability to sign into a Google account from within the app. Finally, Google has fixed some bugs too.

So does this new release mean that a thaw in Microsoft and Google's cold app relationship is happening? Not likely. Google still has not released an official Gmail, Map, YouTube or Google+ apps for Windows Phone 8 or Windows 8 and it doesn't look like it will happen anytime in the near future.

Source: Windows Phone Store via WinBeta | Image via Google

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