Hangouts, Maps, and other Google apps appear in the Windows Phone Store, but they aren’t official
Google has released its official set of applications for both Android and iOS, but still has to make a solid footprint in the Windows Phone Store. They do have their search app listed in the app store, but other than that, there aren’t any other official apps available for Windows Phone users. Recently, some of the Google apps, including Hangouts, Google Maps, Google+, Google Search, and Google Voice, popped up in the Windows Phone Store. Before you get too excited, let me tell you one fact: they are FAKE.
Yes, they are fake. At first glimpse, it does feel like a wish come true, but it’s not. How do we know? Well, Google has released its official apps on both Android and iOS, and they are available free of charge. However, in this case, the so-called developer (Google, Inc) is charging $1.99 for every app, hoping to make some quick money before Google and Microsoft kick them out of the Windows Phone Store. One thing that we can be certain of is Google will not charge for its apps if they make their way to the Windows Phone Store. These services are free.
Another small thing to notice here is the developer name. If you take a look at the official Google Search app in Windows Phone Store, it’s developer name is listed as “Google Inc.” On the other hand, the paid versions of these unofficial Google apps are by a developer named “Google, Inc.” Spotted the difference yet?
You can take a look at these fake apps on the Windows Phone Store here. We’ve contacted Google about this and will update this post once we get a response. Just make sure you don’t spend your hard-earned cash on them, as there are some free third-party apps available. More on this as it develops.
Update: Microsoft has removed the apps from the Windows Phone Store. “We removed a series of apps for violating our policies concerning the use of misleading information,” a Microsoft spokesperson told The Next Web. “The apps attempted to misrepresent the identity of the publisher.”Further reading: Google, Windows Phone