Best way to use both IOS and Android

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Ratatapa, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

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    Simple, my GF has an Android Tablet (TAB A)

    And is getting a 6s tomrorow probably


    What's the best way to make sure both work together?
     
  2. Hal~9000 macrumors 68000

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    You'd have to be more specific OP. What exactly do you mean by "work together"?

    If you mean files being accessible on both then simply download a cloud sharing app (i.e. Google Dive) on each device. If you mean contacts or email accounts being available on both then simply add your contacts/accounts to both your iCloud account and then again to your Google account, or try using Apples 'Move to iOS' app from Google Play: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201196
     
  3. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    What do you mean work together?
    They use different operating systems and the apps and app stores are different.
    What would you like them to do as far as contacts or maybe email accounts entered etc?
     
  4. jca24 macrumors 6502a

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    Don't use android, crap.

    iPhone + Ipad = GREATNESS!!
     
  5. BeeGood macrumors 68000

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    That's a pretty generic question, so the generic answer is to replace all the stock iOS apps on the iPhone with apps that exist both on android and iOS.
     
  6. Ne11y macrumors newbie

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    That's what I would recommend also. Either using Google apps that's available on both iOS and Android. As well as using third party apps, like Dropbox, evernote, etc.
     
  7. E3BK macrumors 68020

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    That depends on how she plans to use them. I also have an Android tablet and iPhone. Plus a Mac.

    I use Contacts Sync to keep my Mac/iCloud & Gmail contacts...in sync. I use Spotify for music. I use Plex to sync videos, but less necessary now that Netflix allows downloads. I use the Android tablet mostly to consume media. Dropbox & Drive are cross platform as are many other apps.

    So, it's easy to make iOS & Android work together but it really depends on how she plans to use each device.
     
  8. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    google drive actually does a really god job at backing up everything on an iPhone: contact, photos, videos, calendars, etc. You could then restore that information on a tablet.
     
  9. hallux macrumors 68020

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    That's YOUR opinion.

    MY opinion is that it works well for my purposes. I had an iPad for work and some things just didn't seem intuitive to me, though that could be because my primary personal devices were Android still. At the time I felt it was GREAT for work purposes but that was also all they supported. Now using AfW on my Nexus 6P and it's GREAT.
     
  10. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    And crickets....
    The OP never responded to anything.
     
  11. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Google Drive has some special backup abilities for things like contacts, calendars, etc. when it comes to iOS (so that they could be quickly restored from it on another iOS or Android device)?
     
  12. sevoneone macrumors 6502

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    I have been the other way around for 4 years now: iPad and have a Android phone. Use a google/gmail account for calendar/contacts and notes works very well. I use the built in Contacts and Calendars iOS apps syncing to my two Google accounts just fine.

    I prefer Google Inbox for my email, having the app on my phone and iPad takes care of continuity there, using the Gmail native iOS app also works if she uses the gmail app on the tablet. You can of course use the built-in Mail app on iOS and everything will sync fine via IMAP, but I find most people used to Android prefer the Gmail app anyway.

    Google Photos is a great alternative for iCloud Photos and works well.

    Google Drive or Dropbox are both pretty analogous with iCloud Drive too.

    For backup of the iOS device, just use iCloud backup.
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    The good thing about google services is that it plays nicely with IOS devices and often times the IOS apps are better. Trying to use apple service on Android is a nightmare though, which is probably what apple wants.
     
  14. Zaft macrumors 68040

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    Yup it is nice that I can have google now, siri and cortana on my phone.

    In my testing google now is better overall.
     
  15. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    Siri is probably the worst of all of the virtual assistants: google now, Alexa, and even Cortana are better IMO. Siri is even worse with car play if you can image that. Half the time I get the response, "I cannot do that why you are driving".....isn't that the point haha.
     
  16. Tsepz macrumors 68000

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    I've been doing something similar for around 4years, my tablets are iPads and my smartphones are Galaxy.

    Currently using an iPad Air 2 LTE and Galaxy S7 Edge, the way to make them work for me is through using Microsoft apps for productivity e.g. OneNote, OneDrive etc... Using Apple Music if I want a playlist on both and using Netflix for movies and series.

    One can also use Google services like Google Drive, Chrome etc...
     
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    Lol, brilliant response. Care to enlighten us why? The s7 edge seems to help winning device of the year awards, wonder why that is...

    Let me guess you have never ever used an android device. , and in your mind they are akin to an old Nokia lol
     
  18. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Device of the year awards?
    Who presented them those awards? Samsung?
     
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    I think it was the denial of the year awards 2016
     
  20. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    Nice, with red carpet and everything huh? :D
    That's some great awards right there.
     
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    I'll give you an easy one to start with, the webs biggest tech awards T3. They voted a certain s7 as handset of the year, shall I go on....
     
  22. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    And that means absolutely nothing what a website voted or what award was bought by Samsung.
    If android was that great you obviously wouldn't be frequenting an iPhone forum right?;)
     
  23. Relentless Power macrumors P6

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    Unfortunately, Siri does struggle. With the Most basic tasks and dictations. And I heavily compared Siri with Google now and it's not even close, Google has a faster/more accurate response rate and more in depth results. I like Siri, but its needs vast improvements. Siri does well with certain things with in the iPhone.
     
  24. timeconsumer macrumors 65816

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    It depends how much merit you place into such a website. So for some, if site XYZ reports something, that means a lot to them. Also, as far as the iPhone forum comment, I've been trying to find an equivalent Android forum to join for awhile now, but I have yet to find one that is as good as MR. The majority of them are so cluttered or convoluted, plus the Alternatives forum on this site has good information.
     
  25. Applejuiced macrumors Westmere

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    I agree, but if you really want an android forum there's plenty out there more detailed and specific than a small subsection in an Apple forum;)
     

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