Google launched its Google Search app for Windows Phone 7, Microsoft's new mobile platform that launched today on handsets from AT&T and T-Mobile.
Google Nov. 8 released a search application for Windows Phone 7, which
launched today on handsets
from AT&T and T-Mobile.
AT&T is selling the Samsung Focus and HTC
Surround for $199 with a two-year contract. T-Mobile is offering the HTC
HD7 for $199.
Microsoft is betting on Windows Phone 7 to bail the company out of flagging
smartphone market share.
Users have eschewed Windows Mobile smartphones for the popular Apple iPhone
and devices based on Google's Android operating system, both of which chomped market share
from Microsoft and Research In Motion
considerably in the past two years.
Google Mobile team programmers Jon Skeet and Nick Radicevic noted
in a blog post that Google Search app for Windows Phone 7
"provides quick and convenient access to a rich set of search
results," from Google's index of Web, images, local, news and other
For example, users will be able to access Google Suggest to see suggested
search queries in the app search bar, repeat a query from search history and
receive more relevant results by letting WP7 access users' location information.
Users may grab the Google Search app free for all Windows Phone 7 devices
and languages from Windows Mobile Marketplace.
The app can't be seen by Microsoft as anything but a slap in the face, as
the company has all but made it a mandate for phone carriers that its Bing
search engine be deeply integrated on Windows Phone 7.
As an answer, the Bing team published its own blog post about what users can
do with Bing on WP7 here
search share is 66 percent on the desktop, with Bing commanding about 12
However, it is the consensus that Google's search share on smartphones is
more like 95 percent or higher. Chitika said in October that Google's search share on the iPhone
is 97 percent.
It will be interesting to watch whether users who purchase Windows Phone 7
leverage Bing or download Google's Search app for Windows Phone 7.