Wait. What? Why? I’ll be the first to admit that Apple is not likely to or even actively considering such a move. It would be unprecedented, right? Or, would it? What apps does Google provide for Apple’s customers that would prevent you from buying a Mac, iPhone, or iPad? If the answer is none, then there’s little reason for Google to have an app on your Mac. But there are other reasons why it might be a good idea to remove them from the iOS App Store.
Who Designed This?
For years, both Adobe and Microsoft’s Mac apps looked and felt and worked much like their Windows counterparts. Today, with Apple leading the way in mobile devices, Microsoft gets kudos for making Office apps for iOS very much like Apple’s own iOS apps, which is to say they look like they belong on an iPhone and iPad.
The same could be said of Office 2016 for Mac, which many consider to be the best version of Office for the Mac ever. Why? How? Microsoft CEO Satya Nadell’s mantra was clear to the software behemoth’s developers: ‘Make applications that people want to use.’
What of Google? Chrome on the Mac looks like Chrome on Windows, which is to say a sub-standard appearance with clumsy usability. Worse are the apps Google shoves at iPhone and iPad users with the ugly, barren, spartan, sterile Material Design look which makes Google’s iOS apps very non-iOS looking; apps that appear to have been designed by the Borg or Skynet, bereft of the humanizing aspects of Apple’s applications, and more of a Bizzaro design theme which belies the playful Google colors and logo.
Simply put, Google’s apps on iPhone and iPod (and the Mac) do not look like they belong on iOS, do not work the same, and should be banned. Google doesn’t use Apple’s button and navigation design recommendations, suggestions, or examples which are clearly prominent in most of the popular iOS apps. Like Adobe before it, Google does their own thing with app design to ensure the app experience and look is the same on iOS devices as it is on Android.
Other than Google, who cares if they look different? It’s not as if we iPhone and iPad users jump from a Google app on iOS over to an Android device and think ‘Oh, this is familiar. Thanks, Google.’ Emirate?
Google makes more money on iOS than it does on Android so it wouldn’t take much effort on Apple’s part to get Google’s app design teams in line. How about this?
Dear Mr. Pichai,
The Material Design that Google uses on their iOS apps is a style that reflects the Android standard, not iOS. Material Design, therefore, is not beneficial to Apple’s iPhone and iPad customers, many of whom complain about the non-standard buttons, graphics, and navigation on Google’s apps.
Additionally, Google’s continued tracking and harvesting of customer data is against our policy on privacy and not in the best interests of Apple or our customers.
Please change all the Google branded apps which run on Apple’s iOS and OS X by January 1, 2016 or we will be forced to remove them from the App Store, and ban them from Apple devices until such time as they comply with our obvious design standards and privacy requirements.
What will happen?
First, members of the technorati elite will have their hair catch on fire; probably collectively. Reddit’s servers will have a melt down. Telephone circuits between Cupertino, CA and Mountain View, CA will heat up, but if Cook stands his ground then Google will capitulate and iOS users will get better looking and more usable iOS applications that appear as if they were designed for and belong on an iPhone or iPad, and will no longer be an embarrassment on the App Store.
Apple will be attacked mercilessly for a heavy handed approach to enforce a standardized look and feel (what else is new?) upon one of the platform’s most popular developers but the curated and cultivated ecosystem that Apple so joyously protects will be the better for it, and that means iOS users will benefit.
What if Google says goodbye to iOS?
I say good riddance. Google needs Apple and iOS far more than Apple needs Google for anything. So, back to my earlier question, ‘What apps does Google provide for Apple’s customers that would prevent you from buying a Mac, iPhone, or iPad?‘
I don’t think there are any.
Yes, I know such a blanket ban would cause a public uproar. But what could Google do other than, 1) comply, or, 2) stop making applications for Macs, iPhones, and iPads? Apple’s customers could sleep better at night knowing that Apple has put some muscle into its stance on privacy by banning outright all of Google’s apps for Apple products– on privacy issues, not just design issues. After all, it’s Google that culls and harvests user information for profit. How does anything that Google does really benefit Apple’s customers?