The search engine giant is wary of just two companies. Facebook in the social scene, and Microsoft in all other areas. That is one reason why the Google has not really jumped in to offers its apps, software and services to Windows 8 and Windows Phone users.

But the company cannot afford to wait too long, what with both these platforms rising in popularity.

One of the apps that some Windows Phone 8 users have long wanted to see on their devices is Google Chrome. It now appears that some first steps have been taken in this regard.

As this report notes, while Microsoft prefers to see web browsers that are based on the Internet Explorer engine on its platforms, Redmond might just reconsider its approach here, and allow Google to port the Chrome browser on Windows Phone 8.

Apparently, this rumor stems from this support ticket that was initiated in the Chromium open source project opened by a Google engineer about a Windows Phone version of the browser.

It has not seen much action since October 2012 when it was first opened, until two days ago, when the ownership of the project changed hands. No confirmation that Google is indeed working on the web browser, but an indication, nevertheless, that people are looking into it.

Everything depends on whether the company is forced to rebuild the browser from ground up by Microsoft in order for the app to comply with the terms it has outlined for its platforms.

Too much of development work and Google might decide on skipping it.

Then again, for how long?

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  1. I hope this comes to fruition! Chrome is the best browser right now in my view. If it’s released for the windows phone, I’ll be one happy customer!

    • Agreed, more choices are always better for consumers.

      • Dead on, Fahad. It’s time for Windows Phone owners to have multiple choices for their browsers! I concur with Jason that Chrome is the best in my eyes currently. I hope this happens soon.

      • Dominico-James Black Eagle Hod / March 28, 2014 at 7:15 pm /Reply

        Now we need Hangouts, Wallet, Gmail app, Maps, Google+, Youtube, and Google drive.

    • I agree. Firefox and Chrome are the two top dogs right now and they should both be available on Windows Phones.

  2. I only want Hangouts. Won’t use Chrome on my Windows Phone anyway.

  3. I’ll believe it when I see it, but I really don’t care. I might not even download it. I rarely check my gmail on my phone because it’s not my main account, and if there was a Hyper for WP8, I wouldn’t need an official YouTube app

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