With Windows 8 now out, its app store has already got a brand new addition in the form of the Google Search application, created specially to complement the new tablet optimized look and feel of Windows 8. While the default search engine in the Internet Explorer in Windows 8 is going to be Bing, Google’s search app will be available free of cost in the Windows marketplace as an alternative to it.
After iOS and Blackberry, Google has expanded the horizons of its search app and come up with an all-inclusive app for Windows 8. Although Microsoft would certainly prefer customers using its homegrown Bing, but with an app store currently starved of software options Google’s multifunctional Search app would come as a welcome and almost a necessary appendage. Microsoft has completely overhauled its operating system with Windows 8, something that has potential implications for programmers who have had to develop appropriate renewed versions of their applications.
The Google search app isn’t simply a means to tap into the world’s largest search engine. The app serves more as a portal that in addition to being a dedicated search app also offers Google’s other sought after services like Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Voice, Google+, Drive, Reader and of course YouTube. You have the option to type in your search request or speak it.
The Search app is a shrewd move on Google’s part since now it won’t have to split the search-ad revenue with other applications that refer search requests to the Google search engine. Also, through one search app Google has made sure that its other services that are mentioned above also get exposure through Windows 8 devices. Users will thus be able to access multiple services from within a single app.
Two of the desktop features of Google Search that users have got incredibly used to are also included in the app, namely, instant results that ends the need to press enter and preview of web pages that allows users to get a sneak peek of the pages without having to visit them. Unlike the desktop version, these previews will be seen displayed side by side over a black background.
However, the app has been developed to work only on Windows 8 devices that will be running on x86 chips and not on Windows RT devices that will be powered by ARM processors. Other than the ARM powered Microsoft Surface tablets, all Windows 8 tablets will run on x86 chips from either AMD or Intel.
Google is also working on its Chrome Web Browser app that’s currently available to developers in its preview version. The Chrome app’s look will also be in perfect accordance with Windows 8’s Metro interface and will be optimized for use on touchscreen devices with larger tabs. The Chrome app will also display all tabs at once, something that will prove to be very popular among those who switch between tabs extensively. The Chrome app however will also not be for Windows RT devices.
Google may be holding back because on Windows RT devices only Internet Explorer will get all privileges to run. Google Chrome’s functioning will be significantly diminished due to Microsoft’s restrictions placed on many of Chrome’s security and performance features. The various computing processes will be compartmentalized if Chrome were to run on Windows RT devices.