Windows Phone gets updated Google search app


Microsoft and Google have not been the best of friends lately. Indeed, Microsoft has been on the offensive in the past few weeks, slamming Google over its new privacy policy, claiming that Google was tracking Internet Explorer 9 users, and even filing a lawsuit against Google and its soon-to-be subsidiary Motorola over the use of patents.

Apparently, all of that bad blood isn't stopping Google from updating its first official app for Windows Phone based devices. The new version of the Google Search app can now be downloaded for free from the Windows Phone Marketplace.

The search app allows Windows Phone users to use Google's search engine to find what they want on the Internet. It has some helpful features such as auto complete and a way for a person to use his or her voice to access the Google app. Finally, the app lets users find places near the phone owner's location without having to type anything.

It remains to be seen if this is just a one-off app from Google or if we can expect other Windows Phone apps such as Google+ or Blogger to show up for Microsoft's mobile OS.

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The reason I wanted a Windows Phone is because I want to stay away from Google and Apple.


Thanks, but no thanks.

The question is why do people get Windows Phone when Bing's the only official option. Imagine if MS did this in Internet Explorer on the desktop or Metro.

This app might be a bit useless, but at least it shows that Google is willing to do some development for Windows Phone. Hopefully this can lead to having a Street View enabled Maps client.

david said,
Google apps are awesome on a Google phone!

Google apps may be awesome on a Google phone, but Microsoft apps are even better on a Windows Phone!

No thanks Google. I'm good with Bing right now.

Not to say I wouldn't use Google if they came up with a better product on WP7 though. I still like Google's maps and finance site. But if you're going on WP7 you better follow the Metro UI.

tylerc said,
Uhm, I've had the Google Search app on my Windows Phone for ages, this is not new

It is new - published to the marketplace only yesterday. The app you're talking about wasn't made by Google (not that it really matters that much).

Not only does this not fit the metro UI that well, it also took them over a year to make. Besides, I like bing's performance and integration on WP.

I'll be giving this app a try but to be honest I'm glad to see some effort from Google. It's absolutely absurd in any smartphone that they inheriently try to stop people from having a choice on what search engine they want to use. It's even more cheeky on Microsoft's part that they give the user a feeling of choice by offering Yahoo, when I at least know it uses the Bing search engine. =/

Stefano Elia said,
I'll be giving this app a try but to be honest I'm glad to see some effort from Google. It's absolutely absurd in any smartphone that they inheriently try to stop people from having a choice on what search engine they want to use. It's even more cheeky on Microsoft's part that they give the user a feeling of choice by offering Yahoo, when I at least know it uses the Bing search engine. =/

What do you mean? There's nothing stopping you using Google (or any other search engine) in the browser and you can easily pin it to the Start screen if you need to use it regularly.

massive POS fail, deliberate IMO to make the platform look bad (or try). Google are p***ing me right off at the moment!

duddit2 said,
massive POS fail, deliberate IMO to make the platform look bad (or try). Google are p***ing me right off at the moment!

That might be their strategy but they just make themselves look bad. I don't really see the need for Google search on my phone because Bing's so good but if this is the best they can do then I know I don't need them.

jakem1 said,

That might be their strategy but they just make themselves look bad. I don't really see the need for Google search on my phone because Bing's so good but if this is the best they can do then I know I don't need them.

Pardon me ? Are you high ?
Bing is far from being good.
I had to do a Tiles with google on it to have something that makes sense.
I don't want to insult you and I really really like WP7 but saying bing is good is a true lie.

boumboqc said,

Pardon me ? Are you high ?
Bing is far from being good.
I had to do a Tiles with google on it to have something that makes sense.
I don't want to insult you and I really really like WP7 but saying bing is good is a true lie.

What's good for one person might not be good for the next guy. Personally I only use Bing and have pretty much from the start.

GP007 said,

What's good for one person might not be good for the next guy. Personally I only use Bing and have pretty much from the start.


Same here. Bing's great!

Never understood apps specifically for search, why bother when built in browsers can obviously already do this?

Mark said,
Never understood apps specifically for search, why bother when built in browsers can obviously already do this?

faster results as well as taloring it for your phone.. the bing search on windows phone is awesome with different sections for images, news, web and local and you can just swype between them.. you dont need to click little links to find what you want you can click the entire area.

Lachlan said,

faster results as well as taloring it for your phone.. the bing search on windows phone is awesome with different sections for images, news, web and local and you can just swype between them.. you dont need to click little links to find what you want you can click the entire area.


Exactly why we don't need a Google search app.

Unimatrix Xero said,
reports say this is US only

The reason that it is only in the US is that bing in the US is actually pretty good and is on par with google search so they dont want people getting into a habit of using bing.. everywhere else bing is struggling and google does not want to support windows phone in those areas cause they know you use google at home

jakem1 said,
According to WMPowerUser, the app's so crap they've recommended that people don't even bother trying it.

Pretty much!
I'm not even going to bother rating it low.

jakem1 said,
According to WMPowerUser, the app's so crap they've recommended that people don't even bother trying it.

I think he fails to really point out the benefit. You can just put a google tile on your phone for the google website.

What the app allows you do is go onto a clean, fast google and go around the web with a google search bar still at the top. So if your just googleing around and not really wanting to go in depth to a website, it's quite good.

It's clearly not perfect, I would prefer if it felt more like an app but at least it offers something slightly different to just opening google in the browser.