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10 Essential Google Apps For iPhone Users

Just because you're an Apple aficionado doesn't mean you can't load up your iPhone with Google apps. Here are 10 of the best.
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The everlasting war between Apple fanboys and slavish devotees of Google's Android operating system has resulted in many famously heated flame wars, with each side castigating the other for being blind followers while lauding their preferred platform's superiority on any number of fronts.

However, it seems the two companies have been able to somehow get along -- at least on a certain level -- as evidenced by the healthy number of mobile applications developed by Google that are available on Apple's App Store.

Even die-hard Apple fans would most likely admit that the company's mapping application doesn't hold a candle to Google's far-reaching (and far more accurate) Maps app. At the same time, Google's Chrome mobile search engine application is a reasonably mandatory download for anyone who owns a smartphone.

In a similar vein to Google Maps, the company's Earth application is also a blast, allowing users to spin around the world and check out destinations near and far.

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On the productivity front, there's Sheets, which lets users create, edit, and collaborate with others on spreadsheets from an iPhone or iPad, as well as Translate, which features translation for an astounding 90 languages. Finally, access files from your iPhone with Google's free online storage service, Drive.

There are a total of 44 Google applications available for download. We can't cover them all, so we've picked 10 that we think represent great examples of cross-platform collaboration.

Best of all, these applications are free, so you don't have to worry about shelling out your hard earned cash to the competition -- even if these downloads make your iPhone even more beloved to you.

(All images courtesy of the Apple App Store)

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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progman2000
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6/30/2015 | 7:32:37 AM
Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
I only wish the Nav in my car was powered by Google Maps, it's never anywhere as close as accurate as my phone is...
nasimson
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nasimson,
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6/30/2015 | 9:59:32 AM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@progman:

I am a little suprised by your statement. Usually the in-car NAVs are as good if not better than Google Maps.

Which one are you using?
progman2000
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progman2000,
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6/30/2015 | 10:05:30 AM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@nasimson, granted, I am driving a 2011 Acura and I've never paid for a map update because frankly, why would you with a live map in your pocket? Even with current maps though, I have trouble believing my car Nav would be better than a google device with access to real time data.

I'm assuming new cars have subscription services that feed real time data to the Nav devices. Does anyone know if any car manufacturer has their Nav integrated with Google though?
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nasimson,
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6/30/2015 | 11:02:23 AM
Google Translate is a life saver!
Recently I bought a Japanese room heater. It had some seven buttons on its face. Below the buttons there was text. In Japanese of course. The Google translate came handy. All I had to run the app and take the photos.

Otherwise fiddling with the buttons, I would have spent a long time figuring out what each one meant!
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mejiac,
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6/30/2015 | 2:18:25 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
@nasimson,

Thanks for the feedback regarding Google Transalate....wasn't aware of this feature...will test out.

 

Thanks
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mejiac,
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6/30/2015 | 2:22:15 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@progman2000,

I think car manufacturers are trying to bridge the gap between smarphone and there in dash apps.... but this seems to be a hit and miss.

Smartphones just require over the air updates, which just having access to WiFi is sufficient. With Cars, it's a different story, since you would either need to be in a WiFi zone and have the car link up, or the car would need to have it's own celular service (which entails charges of some sort), and I think this is where they might run into issues with consumers... unless it tethers to an existing smartphone with data plan.

This is why I think the best approach is simply have the car be an extension of an existing smarphone/tablet (whether it be Android of iOS).
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mejiac,
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6/30/2015 | 2:23:45 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@program2000,

I would be interesting to see if Navigation Systems that are not based on existing smartphone platforms (Google, Apple) to start leverging them to get updates.

I mean, I just have my phone speak the directions via the car's bluetooth and I just mount my phone on the dash.
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6/30/2015 | 3:18:33 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
Here maps is in a way better than Google maps when it comes to drivability. It's much too accurate.
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yalanand,
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6/30/2015 | 3:20:08 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
Or you can create a WiFi zone in your car for using the navigation systems the best possible way.
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yalanand,
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6/30/2015 | 3:22:06 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
Google translate and navigation systems I don't trust at all. Time and again it has landed me in trouble. I have offended the natives, gone 200 metres off into another building etc. It had been a disaster.
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