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5 Apple apps that would be great to have on Android

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5 Apple apps that would be great to have on Android
According to a recent report from 9to5Mac, Apple CEO Tim Cook, recently speaking at a "Town Hall" event for Apple employees, hinted that Apple Music will not be a solitary attempt to expand Apple software to the Android OS. In fact, Cook was quoted claiming that Apple Music served as testing ground for upcoming Android ports of other iOS apps.

Based on this report, we figured that it would be a good idea to anticipate which other iOS apps may eventually launch on Android as well. At the very least, we tried to figure out which Apple apps would be nice to have on Android from an end-user perspective.

Before we get this imagination game started, we'd like you to bear in mind that we don't have official confirmation that more Apple apps are heading to Android anytime soon.

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posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:05 44

1. leotrim (Posts: 21; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


Next Joke please :D

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:08 19

3. shaineql (Posts: 346; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


Stfu, iMessage would be awesome!

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:50 4

15. phonegeek1212 (Posts: 39; Member since: 14 Aug 2015)


iMessage and iCloud will be pretty cool

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:14 1

25. vincelongman (Posts: 4106; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


IMO Music Memos would be awesome too

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:46 1

59. yann (Posts: 174; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


How iMessage is better than WhatsApp, Viber or Messaging on Android?
How iCloud is better than OneDrive or other???
For what someone will need iTunes??? Every Android or Windows phone device can be attached via USB as drive and manage everything without need of stupid iTunes.
Apple Maps are immature, compared to Google maps or Here maps.
WTF?!? For what purpose is this article?

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 10:51

74. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


The answer is: Total encryption! As for the rest: No comment:D

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:17 3

26. magnanimus (Posts: 529; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


I think Facetime will be a lot more appreciated. Its got the better video quality than Skype and Hangouts. iMessage can be easily replaced by an IM of your choice

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 00:22

48. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2059; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


iMessage is awesome but it needs swipe typing I miss it so much.

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 20:16

75. andrewkb (Posts: 14; Member since: 04 Jan 2016)


umm no. just no

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:43

29. iushnt (Posts: 1510; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Is iMessage better than Telegram?

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:45 8

30. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 471; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


I use Android as my main phone because I don't need these apps.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 22:59 9

45. French_Toast (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


Best joke of the year!
Everyone hates Itune even apple user!

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 23:05 4

47. French_Toast (Posts: 82; Member since: 02 Sep 2015)


I do not understand why Isheep is not on the list ;)

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 04:53

61. Beastmode1 (Posts: 26; Member since: 08 Feb 2016)


simple yet effective comment,Imessage is between IOS only meaning if you want to talk to your friends who do not have iphones realisticaly your going to use watsapp. itunes is a joke i just wont go there everyone knows why
icloud i think might be the only good one there as it is directly from the manufacturer it kind would make me feel a little bit better rather than using say One drive or something.
google maps is so good it makes apple makes look like a childs toy . remember when apple maps were launched giving wrong directions and complete parts of cities missing haha joke
and msuic memo ... no comments hahah

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 07:34

64. ph00ny (Posts: 1165; Member since: 26 May 2011)


No thanks on iMessage. I still remember the hell i had to get through by not being able to use SMS from other iphone users when i switched my work phone from an iphone

posted on 09 Feb 2016, 00:04 1

71. mmmanuuu (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Nov 2013)


I am more interested in knowing how much apple paid to phone arena for this article ?

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:08 11

2. SamDH1 (Posts: 412; Member since: 21 Apr 2015)


Not one of them has any benefit with being on Android

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:12 40

4. jngo102 (Posts: 44; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Apple Maps on Android? lolol

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:20 3

7. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Someone is stuck in 2012

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:29 15

11. tech2 (Posts: 3351; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Apple Maps has indeed come a long way (since there was a huge room for improvement) but it really isn't better then Google Maps especially now with the offline map support.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:45 3

14. darkkjedii (Posts: 19786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I've been using android since it launched on the Tmobile G1. When I discovered Google maps, and started putting it to use, it was less than good. It had its growing pains, but eventually became the outstanding app it is today.

Apples mistake was declaring an infant mapping system to be the best, at its launch. It's grown leaps and bounds over what it began as.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 20:02 1

33. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Apple had/has offline map support as well - it's a it more automatic than the way it is with Google: for example around my city Apple has cached the entire area and if my internet is dead - it will still give me directions. Also if you plot a trip out of town or wherever - Apple with cache the directions and you'll still get navigations while on trip invade your internet drops. yes I prefer Here Type of offline access, but for the 97% of my map needs Apple maps are no where behind google maps.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 03:49

60. yann (Posts: 174; Member since: 15 Jul 2010)


You told it right - HERE maps. You have them on Android and iOS. At the moment they are much better than Apple maps. So why I should need Apple maps on Android???

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:29 6

12. Unordinary (Posts: 1181; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


They forgot it took Google 10+ years to even make Google Maps above good. The sheer fact that Apple Maps has progressed so fast over such a short time says a lot.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 01:59

51. palmguy (Posts: 503; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


It just shows how quickly tech has evolved.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:42 7

28. wildfiregt (Posts: 166; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Go out of usa and large cities in EU and you'll see what apple maps is

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:49 1

31. darkkjedii (Posts: 19786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Try a little harder.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 20:32 7

35. jove39 (Posts: 1819; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


wildfiregt is right, on past thanksgiving I moved to iPhone 6S Plus after exclusively using Android phones since Eclair (2.1).

I did not used google maps for initial couple of weeks...but then apple maps started showing destinations almost 1KM away...and thats in mississauga, ON...went right back to using google maps.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 22:49 1

43. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


Google Maps is just as bad, man.

they are on par if we are talking outside US.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:19

5. legiloca (Posts: 1205; Member since: 11 Nov 2014)


Aside from iTunes and maybe iMessage, the rest will be a joke if they will be ported..

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 21:59 3

40. willard12 (Posts: 1530; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


In my personal opinion, FaceTime would be good. But, iTunes is the reason why I left stopped using Apple after the OG iPhone and ipod. Once I started dragging and dropping I didn't look back. I do know iTunes is a lot more user friendly than 8 years ago.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:20 1

6. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


The beautiful thing about iMessage is that you actually don't need to interact with other platforms as it goes to regular messaging if texting with users that don't have iMessage or disabled it (it shows up as green bubbles instead of blue. iMessage also allows you to locate people you're texting with on the maps.

I would add to the list: FaceTime, find my friends, find my phone with remote lock, call app with visual voicemail, health kit, Game Center equivalent. These are just a few of the things that android is lacking for me - there are third party solutions - but I don't want to trust some developer in China for apps to track my kids locations.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 17:35 9

20. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


iMessage would be cool, because the point of IM is ubiquity and compatibility... Just ask Whatsapp...

However for these, there are great alternatives

Facetime --- Hangouts (which is available on more platforms.... Any Android plus Chrome browser. Not just Apple)

Find my friends --- Google+ Locations... I personally have it shared with my family with great results.

Find my phone --- Android Device Manager / OEM specific SW (Sony, Samsung and others have services for this). The have sound/lock/erase features.

Game Center --- Google Play Games

As for the others I really don't care... There are many equivalences on android

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 20:06

34. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


He fact that hangouts are asking me to sign in is a big letdown vs iMessage. And all Apple services work within other apps - they don't feel like standalone apps. But it might be just me - I only had android for about month before calling it quits.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 21:22 7

36. buccob (Posts: 2512; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


That is your side of the pasture... On my side the only signing in I need to do is Gmail on the initial setup... After that all Google services work instantly and cohesive... In fact I also have a Google for work account and all of their apps have multi account setup so I can quickly switch between them or use them separately by default....
For instance I use Gmail mostly for my personal accounts (and third party... Yahoo). But I use Inbox for my work account since it is better designed for it...
I have a Google Keep widget for personal in one page of my home screen and another Keep widget for work, so I can see my "To Dos" for each.
Etc...

Maybe you tried Android from an apple user perspective and you didn't take full advantage of it... I see many Android users, not even customizing their home screens and not knowing how to add or remove icons.. It is sad.
Both OS have advantages if you know how to use them fully

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 22:02 5

41. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8411; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


UMMMM HELLO! iMessage requires you to sign in as well. Its just automatic on the iPhone. Try signing into iMessage without having your Apple ID in your phone.

Its amazing how fools with an iPhone don't even know how to use them or how they work.

All of Apple services require your Apple ID, no matter which email you used for it. If you dont put your Apple ID into your iProduct, you cannot use Apple services...PERIOD. The fact ypou own an iPhone or other Apple oriented product and not know this makes you an idiot with a platform you claim you love an know so much about.

Hangouts is cross-platform which is why its requires an login. However, on Android I did not have to put a login or password to use it because its a Google Service and you dont have to enter such after providing your Google Credentials when you set up your phone. Just like Apple services. If you use Google services on a non-Android device, you need to provide Google email and password.

Again the fact you don't seem to know this makes you a moron

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:45 3

56. AlikMalix (Posts: 5084; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


All I read was:
Blah blah..... Idiot... Boy blah ... Moron....

Why not just inform someone with respect. You have good points, there's no need for name calling. Makes your point completely moot "blah blah blah"....

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:21 4

8. Unordinary (Posts: 1181; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


5... More like 500...roflcopter

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:23 5

9. jeroome86 (Posts: 857; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


iMessage would be good. Tried hangout but couldn't get nobody else to try it.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 17:11 1

19. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Yeh I've tried hangouts and no one I new would go on it either

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 17:51 1

22. bucky (Posts: 2460; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Me too. When I used chrome it was a good extension for the desktop.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:26

10. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Would be good to finally have an easy way out of the walled garden...

- If the iMessage existed, there'll be no need to worry about missing your messages after wiping and selling your iDevice, they'd still come through that app and could disable it if desired.

- If the iTunes one existed, could eliminate the need to remove the DRM nonsense from my purchased iTunes music before I can play it on my non-registered devices.

- If the iCloud one existed, would simplify syncing my contacts and remove all the nonsense sync problems I get (e.g. contacts missing certain details, contact images misalligned, contacts properties mislabeled, etc.) when trying to use any carddav client to sync from iCloud...

Apple maps, never even considered that limited BS, Google maps and TomTom suited all my iDevice needs. Music memos, meh, there's probably already loads more apps that do the same.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:34 1

52. Leo_MC (Posts: 1049; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


Apple Maps is using Tom-Tom engine so, if the last is ok, the first, which is identical, should also be ok.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 08:54

68. MrElectrifyer (limited) (Posts: 2192; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Probably outdated TomTom data, 'cause the last time a friend and I were heading to a restaurant in Canada BC, apple maps got us lost, taking us about 5 or more blocks past our destination on his iPhone. Entered the same detail in TomTom on my 4s and it took us to the expected destination...

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:41 1

13. darkkjedii (Posts: 19786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


iMessage on my Note would be pretty cool. Apple maps has grown to be great, but still not where Google maps are.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:51 10

16. jmonteiro829 (Posts: 180; Member since: 13 Feb 2012)


Don't forget the 5 N's.... Nope, No, Nonsense, Noway, and Nope!

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 16:57 1

17. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


i'm here for iMessage on Android, WhatsApp works worse and worse everyday and iMessage consumes much less battery

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:00 2

24. ihearlivepplz (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)


Didn't realise you had an iMessage port on Android to claim that iMessage consumes lesser power. /s

The most probable reason why whatsapp consumes more battery on android is because of android's hardware. I have a BB Q5 only for whatsapp (I prefer Physical KBs for texting) and I get atleast 2 days of battery only using whatsapp. If I used whatsapp and only whatsapp on my S6 Id still get a few hours at most.

Also, never had a problem with whatsapp. It works flawlessly.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 17:04

18. imkyle (Posts: 1071; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


If Android could have an iMessage type of configuration then yes that would be amazing.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 17:40 7

21. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


lolwhut? ITunes is one reason to NOT use Apple products. And Apple Maps? No thank you. I'd be worried about it steering me into a swamp, and I live in the freaking desert!

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 17:53 5

23. bucky (Posts: 2460; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


Living in a desert and following blindly into a swamp makes me believe you have more to worry about than Apple maps.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 18:18 3

27. darkkjedii (Posts: 19786; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Still trying hard to troll I see.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 21:28 4

37. Planterz (Posts: 2012; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Not trying. :)

Funny that nobody is defending iTunes though...

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 02:36

53. Leo_MC (Posts: 1049; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)


I think the article is about iTunes entire service (iTunes app+iTunes Store).

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 19:33 3

32. sissy246 (Posts: 636; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Apple can keep it all.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 21:40 1

38. MKeditor (Posts: 31; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


This is probably the most ridiculous article I've ever read here.

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 22:12 1

42. mannrecaged (Posts: 14; Member since: 19 Mar 2015)


Unnecessary post or ad for iphone? :p

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 22:55 1

44. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2059; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Really Apple Maps Isn't As Good As Google Maps Why Would Anyone Use Apple Maps Over Google Maps?

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 23:01 1

46. Justlooking (Posts: 37; Member since: 27 Aug 2014)


Ah...... Nope way off, it was a good joke but April 1st is not for a while.

posted on 08 Feb 2016, 01:38

49. KRISTIJANJE (Posts: 42; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)


Author of thic article is brain dead

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