Although Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS platforms are fierce competitors in the world of mobile devices, Google puts the rivalry aside when it comes to making their apps attractive to iOS users. In fact, Google has a pretty impressive track record of maintaining and updating their user-friendly apps across all Apple platforms.
Here’s a rundown of features to explore when using various Google apps on your iOS devices:
While Google brought back their popular Google Maps to iPhone devices some time ago, iPad users had no choice but to use the sometimes unreliable Apple Maps. Although Apple Maps has improved greatly over the past several months, many users have grown accustomed to using Google maps. Google Maps 2.0 for iOS rolled out in mid July. This re-vamped version not only includes iPad support, but more closely models Android’s Google Maps app. Highlights include live traffic reports and indoor navigation. That’s right…the next time you are in the mall, it will be easier to find the nearest restroom or elevator!
Google’s popular Chrome browser is available for iOS mobile devices.
In fact, it is starting to gain popularity over Safari! The Chrome browser was recently updated in July. It now allows for better integration with other Google apps. Users can sign in automatically to other Google services once they sign in to Chrome. iPad users now enjoy full screen browsing. And, since everything syncs, your bookmarks and the tabs you just opened on your computer can be also be accessed on your mobile devices.
Google Apps for Business, Google Apps for Education and Google Apps for Government have taken the world by storm and revolutionized the way we learn, operate and communicate. You can also access Google Apps as an individual through Google Drive. The beauty is you can access all of your Google apps from any computer or mobile device, even if you are running cross-platforms. Instead of dragging your laptop to a meeting, simply bring your iPad equipped with the Google Drive app and you can access all of your uploaded and stored files. Everything is streamlined and even set up for full collaboration with other Drive users. And, the days of data loss is virtually eliminated. Google is known for their reliability, and third party providers such as spanning.com offer Google Apps back-up in the event a file becomes corrupt, you accidently delete a file, fail to sync or fall victim to a malicious act.
So, the next time you visit the App Store on your mobile device, be sure to search Google to see all of the iOS apps available to you. Google Translate and Google Earth are other fun apps to try on your iOS devices. Unfortunately, one of my favorites, Google Sky Map is still not available for iOS. However, Google has made an impressive showing to accommodate the demand for their apps on a competing operating system.
Gina Smith writes freelance articles for magazines, online outlets and publications. Smith covers the latest topics in the business, golf, tourism, technology and entertainment industries.