iOS is becoming more open to third party service integration, anything that is not from Google

iOS is becoming more open to third party service integration, anything that is not from Google
Yesterday, we took a look at how Android has closed the app gap on iOS, at least when it comes to those very essential apps you are likely to get, and now MacStories brings another interesting perspective on the changing app landscape. While Apple’s mobile adventure started with Steve Jobs’ notable “you can’t really think about the internet of course without thinking about Google” phrase at the very unveiling of the original iPhone, it seems that nowadays Apple is doing its best to separate itself from Google.

Initially, the iPhone was heavily reliant on Google services such as Google search, Maps and YouTube. 

Fast forward to iOS 6 and two essential components are gone - Maps is ditched for Apple’s own solution and the native YouTube app is getting kicked out of iOS 6.

Over time, Apple has slowly but surely started integrating often competing non-Google services and other apps. Bing was offered as a search option, Twitter and Facebook integration became deeper and for China local services took over. Siri has also grown on it, and is becoming a bigger part of the iPhone experience.

Mapping the trends in iOS apps, below is an interesting graph that illustrates the departure from Google apps and the growing number of third party services in iOS. Check it out.

source: MacStories



2. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

this is ruining our exprience !!!! i mean imagine a day, when we will not be able to open google on our iphones. mannn where is this goinggg ??!!??

12. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so buy a democratic Android.....iPhone without Google services replaced with anything else becomes uncompetitive Bing is worse than Google search Apple maps are much worse than google maps what else? :) we, Androids, do not mind, we have the best experience with Google services: search, translates, openness, democracy, ...

18. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

that i will see after operating jellybean. the BIG problem with android is its wayy too lagggyyy, and if they are sure that jelly bean works as smooth as ios. then yea why shudn't i. but right now, NO to android.(beause yet google works on my iphone :P ) google(android) should improve the other important small features, which we use evryday. instead putting other new one's. just improve the exprience.

22. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

For strange persones is a perfect smoothness more important than democracy, we know it :) "Improve experience"? What does it mean? Just empty words like from Steve Jobs without proper meaning....can you give us any example like stolen statusbar from Android?

30. parvsingh05

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

by that i meant game experience 1) in android "forced close" is so common, but in ios 5 it never happend yet(atleats to me). 2)if your apps are not closed in android, fone becomes laggy and becomes slow ,try doing that with ios(it will never happen).. 3)try oppening maps , settings, messages , contacts, (on android)and for sure one of dem will close on its own.(force close). i dont want a war, i am nor apple's or android fan. i just love smarfones, and love to have the best one :)

3. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

I wonder in the future maybe: "Just bing it." will be.... Nahhh It's impossible.

10. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i remember how the amazing spiderman wasn't realistic because peter used bing lol.

26. audiblenarcotic

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I actually specifically asked myself during that scene how much money Microsoft spent to make sure that he was using Bing.

28. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i really hate how bing works... by default search is bing..but it show me irrelevant result...i wish MS could make some effort to bing!!!

4. hateftotti

Posts: 233; Member since: May 03, 2011

At least There were some valuable things in the past that ios had because of Google. maybe removing them is a new feature in ios6 which brings new experience for users :))

21. Savage unregistered

If Apple was interested in bringing 'new experience for users' why haven't they remodeled their UI? Same old-looking OS for the past 5 years. This is anti-competitiveness on Apple's part - the same thing Apple users blamed Google for.

25. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

Its not boring, its an app launcher, same as what your android phone has. Thats literally what smartphones do, is launch apps.

29. Savage unregistered

You have never used an Android have you? And when you do, try to explore beyond just launching apps.

31. Lift_Off

Posts: 152; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

actually i have used android many times. Just because they cover their app launcher with a home screen and some widgets doesnt mean its not an app launcher. Stop trying to make android seem like such a "complicated" or "sophisticated" OS. BTW I actually enjoy android, I'm just sick of people complaining about the simplicity of iOS.

5. MeoCao unregistered

We don't want top companies to be friendly with each other, we want them to compete.

14. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

so the user has no right to use better solution (google maps, search, gmail, open links in Chrome) integrated in the OS? ok, if you do not like democracy

17. MeoCao unregistered

They can go with Android to use the services, and there are still Google's apps on iOS. Before Apple decided to compete users had no choice but Google.

19. mikiemon

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

And now IOS6 users will still have no choice. The only option will be to have an inferior map app integrated at the OS level. And by inferior I mean compared to the watered down version of google maps apple users are using now, not the real google maps experience found on Android. I understand the need for Apple to break away from google maps, but I don't believe they are ready.

27. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

623 billion says they're ready. Dude ur a consumer posting on PA, and trying to say what apple can't do. It's not what they can't do, it's what they will or won't do. Their maps will improve just as googles have over the years. Its funny how u guys sit ur fat butts on the couch dissing apple all day calling yourselves techies. The real techies make the phones, ang computers u use to complain about apple on. Get a life.

33. mikiemon

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

All I said is they are not ready to dump Google maps yet. Will Apple's map app get better, it most certainly will. Reducing this discussion down to name calling shows your argument has no leg to stand on and most likely you're just a child or at least posses the mind of one.

6. userx

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

The only fact that you have to use iTunes with iOS to transfer your data makes me depressive !!!

7. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

As a big iPad fan I can only say "stop b*tching around, Apple". Giving customers one of the best online services in the world won't ruin you.

9. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

As long as apple is making good money they will do want they want. They will only give their customer choice or better service when they lose money thru much lower sales.

23. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

So you are a fan of immoral and rotten behaviour......we do not thank you

8. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

This proves that apple feels more threat from google....

11. bomariam1

Posts: 43; Member since: May 08, 2012

I disagree with the conclusion of this topic, it will be better for us to have Google services as apps and not in the core of IOS. We will have faster update and it will give Google the feedback of how many people use their apps.

13. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

Very smart apple, very smart, use googles openess untill you find an alternative and then dump a load of cr@p on google. Childish...

20. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Not childish, Apple is defending themselves from Google who competes unfairly by copying.

32. ogy_dogy

Posts: 453; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

let me just quote the late Steve Jobs: "Good artists copy, great artists steal". Nuff said...

15. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Ah, more anti-competitive practices from Apple, they sure are earning a future company break-up. I'm thinking 3 separate companies: iTunes, iOS, & Mac.

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