Google Has “No Plans” For Chrome On Windows Phone
Windows Phone 8.1 is an operating system that is growing surprisingly quickly. Taking back seat to Android and iOS, Microsoft’s in-house mobile operating system has grown leaps and bounds over what it used to be, but with one remaining core problem, developer support.
Even though Windows Phone has popular core apps like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, they lack many of the third party apps that make the Android and iOS experience so enjoyable. Another problem with apps, is the lack of Google’s support. While Google Search may have been officially brought to the platform, apps like Google+, YouTube, and Maps have not. One that many also yearn for is Chrome for Windows Phone. It’s been rumored in the past, but hasn’t made it just yet, and according to a software engineer at Google, it probably won’t be coming.
Google software engineer Carlos Pizano stated in the Chromium Issue Tracker that Chrome needs more privileges than the typical Metro app receives. In English, that means that Chrome can’t run on Windows Phone without more access to the OS. This makes it extremely unlikely Chrome could make it to Windows Phone, especially if we wanted it like we have it on Android or iOS.
“[There are] No current plans that I am aware of. Chrome needs more privileges than a regular metro app so there is no simple port.”