If I switch back to iPhone which Google features will I lose?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by stanw, Aug 20, 2014.

  1. stanw macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    I went from an iPhone 4 to a Note 2 to a Note 3 and am now considering switching back to an iPhone as long as they release a 5.5 incher. This has me thinking about the Google features that I may no longer have access to on iOS.

    The way I see it, iCloud and other Apple features are only available on iPhones and not Android, though all of Google Services are available on iPhone. Am I missing something here? If I switch back to iPhone I can have both Apple and Google features. Won't I still have access to Google Maps, Gmail, Hangouts, Google Voice, Google Drive and Google Now?

  2. Krimsonmyst macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2012
    I believe from that list you will lose Hangouts (although there may be an iOS app for that), Voice and Now.
  3. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    There is an iOS app for hangouts.
  4. ozaz macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2011
    iOS has hangouts and Google Now (via the search app).

    I don't know anything about Voice.

    There's probably various bits of functionality within Android versions of Google apps that is not present in the iOS versions. For example,

    You'll lose the ability to watch Google Play TV/Movies content offline.
    You'll lose the ability to cast music direct from the Google Music app to Sonos speakers.
  5. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    Basically every Google feature is available on iOS - just not as nicely. No Google Now integrated in to the home screen; you have to launch the Google app. No defaulting to Google Maps over Apple Maps.

    Although if you keep yourself on the Google app ecosystem, it will offer to launch the Google app instead of the default one. (So if you go to open a web link in the Gmail app, it will offer to open it in Chrome instead of Safari.)
  6. gotluck macrumors 603


    Dec 8, 2011
    East Central Florida
    Only thing I can think of is screen mirroring to chromecast if that counts as a google feature. Guess 'okay google' from home/ lock screen should count too.
  7. illusionx macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2014
    Brossard, QC
  8. Lloydbm41 Suspended


    Oct 17, 2013
    Central California
    But you gain, "Siri, why the f#$k don't you understand my accent!" and "Siri, where the hell am I?" :D


    Siri, is getting upgrades for iOS8, so shouldn't be much of a difference, if any between Google Now and Siri in terms of speed and accuracy. In fact, not much of a difference between either of those and Cortana either. AI's are getting smarter!
  9. atticus27 macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2009
    Pittsburgh, PA
    you'll lose the ability to set default apps, which is my biggest problem with iOS. I would like to have the option to use google now and maps as default apps over Siri and apple maps. (as far as I know you still can't change default apps).
    Almost all google services are on iOS you should still have most apps.
  10. tbayrgs macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2009
    Nope--there are apps for all three of these, though you will lose some of the functionality as others have mentioned, mostly with Now as a launcher.

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