iOS could get a design overhaul, but its services need attention, too , over iOS specifically because it has so much access to information. If Apple can manage to out innovate Mountain View, then we’re in for an interesting decade! most if not all “google apps” are available on an iphone…and chances are, thanks to apple, in one way or another, the apps look and perform better.
Google app will look and run better on on an iPhone? Just wanting to be sure I’m understanding you For setting reminders and alarms, Siri is great. For finding places, searches and other queries, it is hit and miss. Google does those better. see this flat design they keep talking about… And watching Apple fall flat on its face
I think Apple is lagging behind in the services department, but I don’t think that design should be downplayed. A device should be as compelling as it is functional. If done well, I think the redesign will bring a freshness to the OS that’s been needed for a couple years now keep customers mesmerized like they’re wearing the emperor’s new clothes, but it doesn’t change the fact that IOS is naked and in need of better services than the ones Apple provides.
With all that cash they have they should have invested i in buying companies as Yahoo has been doing lately. At least they brought in Kevin Lynch who worked at Adobe as CTO, including in bringing Adobe services to the cloud, so we should see some improvements in this and other services from Apple; at least I expect amd agree with this article. Currently running iPhone 5 and Google services.
getting an iPhone 5, but after reading this, not sure anymore, switched to Android because Google services were so good on the iPhone. app to iOS and all those widgets just clutter up my search.
apple services could use some work but isn’t everyone always complaining that they DON’T like being locked into ONE company? And now you want MORE from them?
So if you have an iPhone and using Google services….whats the problem?? On top of that, when the iPhone came out, it bragged about being able to enjoy the ACTUAL web, as intended, not the old WAP crap that cell phones had. And what happened there? Websites started OPTIMIZING their sites for the iPhone. Not generic versions of their sites, but versions that took advantage of the iPhone capabilities and a lot of those sites looked better for it. And then the app versions came out, better looking and the functionality improved as well. Thats thanks to Apple and no one else. Most of the Google Apps, were optimized for the iPhone and now the iPad and now their desktop versions…are starting to mimic that.
I back up unlimited pics, and share them in an elegant way a la Google+? Instead one has to buy iPhoto then figure out how to create streams, then share.
Siri is still in beta – it’s only convenient for reminders and alarms as someone said above. Beyond that, Google voice search is simply superior. It was never rolled out with a lot of hullabaloo which created a lot of unreasonable expectation when Siri was revealed. a distinctly different UI experience between iOS, OS X, and web? There is no excuse for that. It’s true that Apple is not a big on servers so its unlikely that you’ll get to upload huge numbers of photos on to iCloud. This is what separates Apple and Google the most. Google is an Internet company that is focused on the web apps, search, and cloud storage. Apple is mainly focused on hardware, software, and local storage. Siri uses Google data so Siri does basically the same things as Google voice search.
it survives because it is “good enough”. Often in the marketplace of ideas, “good enough” is enough to win. Apple has been and likely will continue to be a leader in the marketplace of ideas, if not commercial products. I recognize some of the frustrations with the current iteration of IOS, but for me, the skeuomorphism is just an annoyance. The Game Center design is pretty ugly as is Contacts.