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Google Search for Windows Phone 7, but why?



Today, Google announced an app for Windows Phone 7. I am sure there will be more to the app in the future, but for now, the app is as simple as it sounds. It’s just a Google search app. Not really that exciting to me.

Searching with Google on your Windows Phone 7 device just got easier. The Google Search app for Windows Phone 7 provides quick and convenient access to a rich set of search results, allowing you to search the web, images, local, news, and more.

Several hours after announcing the app, it showed up in the Marketplace. Unsure what it would do other than search, I downloaded it. I was underwhelmed. It’s a tile that opens a Google search. That’s it. No integration, nothing. The way I see it, you can easily just create a pinned shortcut to Google on your start page. Why download an app?

Here is what you would get if you pinned a shortcut. See the bottom left tile? It’s not pretty, but it brings you directly to Google’s mobile search. Bypass the app this way. Of courss, if Google adds more functionality, it would be more worthwhile to use the app, but for now… I’ll pass.



  1. Ef Jay

    11/09/2010 at 3:15 pm

    I’m not sure more integration is a desired feature, who knows how much of your data google will try to grab? Last time I read the EULA for google services on HTC’ Sense it said using their services gives them access to your phone call data and allows them to sell it on??!! Why would anyone want that?

  2. Anonymous

    11/09/2010 at 5:11 pm

    If you have an HD7 and are already in IE press the search button and you go to the Google search page. I thought Bing owned WP7, but not here. It may be a T-Mobile customization.

  3. Charles Hügli

    11/10/2010 at 9:38 am

    Because Bing does not yet support POI in many countries. But Google does.

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