Not too long ago, Google was not involved with Windows Phone platform in any way and did not display any interest in doing so. It almost seemed like they were intentionally keeping their distance from Windows. But, with the recent release of Android on Windows Phones, the users of these devices have something to look forward to in that regard. Many people speculate that the reason why Google seems to ignore this platform is because of their insignificant user numbers, when compared to more popular alternatives like Android and iOS.
Chrome for WinPhone
Even though there has been no official release of Chrome for Windows Phone, there was a version released for Win 8. In the process of making this version, Google team said that there are more possibilities for them to cooperate with Microsoft now. Also, their senior engineer suggested that some large portions of this build can be transferred to the mobile version of the application.
Do people even want Chrome for their Windows Phones?
The answer to that is yes. Google is one of the industry leaders and is known to release some of the best apps for mobile devices. Of course, their lack of interest in Windows smartphones makes a lot of users sad. This is one of the major reasons people tend to avoid these phones. It makes sense, if you take a look at the biggest mobile operating systems (and the products that are available on them) and then compare them to Microsoft’s. All of these factors do contribute to the number of sales.
It seems that Google is aiming to release its Chrome browser not only for Windows Phone, but also for the new OSX. Up until now, this browser was only available to Android based devices and PCs. The first version of it was launched for Mac platform in March. Despite all these new releases, there has been no official announcement in regards to it possibly coming to Windows Phone. Some of the industry’s experts speculate that this may change with the release of new Win Phone 8.1.
Why is it such a big deal?
Even though it is just a browser, one among many, there are many possible benefits to its release on other platforms. For example, people who use Android devices may find it easier to switch to Windows Phone if it had a browser that they are familiar with. Not only that, but these phones are really lackluster when it comes to various browsing options. The release of Chrome (which, once again, was not confirmed yet) would remedy that situation. Not only that, but it will also mean that Google wants to support this platform further, which would really help its popularity. It would also pave the way for future Google applications to enter the market and increase the productivity of these devices. Of course, this is something that both Windows Phone developers and users would be glad about. For now, we can only hope that they will decide to support this somewhat stagnant family of smartphones.