Ingrained in Googles Ecosystem...

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  1. macher, Jan 14, 2017
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    Anyone else ingrained in Google's ecosystem but not a fan of android?

    I personally don't use Apple's ecosystem but I prefer iOS and the iPhones hardware.

    For me Google's ecosystem is more universal and easier to access. I never ever go on Safari on my Mac and / or when I use a computer anywhere else. I usually use Chrome if I can. All my bookmarks are in Chrome. I prefer Google Maps. I also never use Pages but use Google Drive a lot.

    Really the only thing I find useful is iCloud for backing up photos.

    (Since I'm ingrained with Google the Pixel looks very promising but held off since it's 'first generation'. I feel the Pixel will be on par maybe the next generation or two). I like the seamless way Google works on the Pixel since I am ingrained with Google more than Apple.

    What I like about the iPhone is Apple Care. I have a handful of Apple Store near me and like the fact that if something happens to my iPhone I can get it taken care of faster with a Genius Bar appointment.

    Anyone else?
     
  2. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I wouldn't say 'ingrained' in my case, but I've used Google services for years.

    I'm a Mac user, but I only own one Intel Mac and it's max OS is Snow Leopard. The rest of my Macs are PowerPC Macs. For that reason, my first full purchase of an iPhone (the iPhone 5) mean that I was instantly incompatible, unable to sync.

    The first iteration of iCloud left me unable to link up Entourage 2004 and my iCloud contacts. I discovered with iOS 6 that I could push contacts to iCloud from my device, but I couldn't push new contacts from Entourage through Address Book and on into iCloud. Later, I discovered SOHO Organizer, which is a Universal app, and thus runs on PowerPC systems but by then I'd totally ditched iCloud for contacts and calendars.

    At the time I already had a Google email address so I just hooked everything up to Google.

    IMAP still works on PowerPC. So does Google Calendar and Contacts. And Google works on PCs and Android devices, some of which I use and own.

    Dropbox still functions on PowerPC (although they will tell you they cut us off). I use that for photos because Google Drive and Chrome are two services that do NOT work on PowerPC.

    But TenFourFox, a Firefox fork which runs on PowerPC does.

    So, between jailbreaking my iPhone, Google services and Dropbox I am able to keep my PowerPC Macs in sync with my iDevices. Unlike iCloud.

    I do use iCloud, but only for periodic backups. And iMessage, which isn't strictly necessary as the last time I checked SMS worked.
     
  3. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    iOS and the iPhone are part of Apple's ecosystem.
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Try using Apple's services on a 2006 or earlier PowerPC Mac. :)
     
  5. ceva321 macrumors 6502

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    Why not go all the way and back up your photos on Google Photos?
     
  6. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    I'd say it's better not to let yourself get trapped in one ecosystem.
     
  7. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I sort of agree but you sort of have to get ingrained in an ecosystem. To me Google ecosystem is more 'wide spread' and common per se and maybe more 'universal'.

    For instance Safari. I never use the Safari browser on my Mac at home. I use Chrome. For docs I use Google. This got me thinking... why am I using Safari and bookmarking sites on my iPhone when I use Chrome everywhere else? When I'm on my Mac and need to access sites that are bookmarked I use Chrome. When I need to create a doc I use Google docs. Then again my contacts are synced with iCloud and so are my photos. But when I send and receive emails I use my gmail account. Even calendars I use Google.

    Maybe I wished that Google services were more baked into iOS making them more streamlined.
     
  8. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    You don't have to get ingrained in an ecosystem at all. I prefer to have all my content in a position where I can lift it and move it to another service/provider with as minimum fuss as possible. That means I can pick and chose all the best services.
     
  9. Septembersrain Contributor

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    I'm kind of ingrained in both I'd say. I only use Google maps and I have all my music on my Note 3. Depending on the website, I'll either use Safari or Chrome.

    I think it's okay to be open with your uses. I've got a 5 year old Windows laptop and I've never owned a Mac. To each their own
     
  10. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I guess the most important content is contacts and photos which can be easily moved to another platform. I saw a video of a Pixel user who easily transferred iPhone contacts and photos to the Pixel. I can continue to use Drive for my docs. I prefer Google maps and most of the time when on a website and need directions it opens up in Google Maps anyway. I use calendars a lot so I'll continue to use Google calendars. YouTube works good on the iPhone come to think of it. I use YouTube ALOT.

    Like I said it's more likely that I wish Google services were more baked in on the iPhone. Or can they are but I'm missing something?
     
  11. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    I doubt they can be as the iPhone is made by Apple, not Google. If you want baked in Google services, you need an android phone.
     
  12. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yea maybe the next Pixel release.
     
  13. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    What are the best services you are using where you are able to lift and move to another platform?
     
  14. mrochester macrumors 65816

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    iCloud Photos for photos
    Gmail for contacts
    iCloud for calendar
    Outlook for email.
     
  15. mjschabow macrumors 65816

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    This exactly. I know we can now delete Apple Maps and use Google Maps on the iPhone, but it's now as streamlined in the system as the stock maps app.
     
  16. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I keep Google at an arm's length. Heck, I do not even do social media anymore.

    I survive without and am just fine.
     
  17. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    An Apple a day keeps Google away?

    :)
     
  18. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Might be off subject. Was playing with my co workers Pixel. He showed me multi tasking. How you can have a split screen and use 2 apps at once. Can Apple's iOS ever support that? I find this very useful.
     
  19. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    No and never plan to. Clicking on a link and having it open in safari is enough for me to choose safari over chrome. I love the iCloud tabs feature of safari and the handoff features of apples default apps.
     
  20. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Are you intergrated with a computer?
     
  21. macTW Suspended

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    I use safari because I like how it flows with my devices, but I have chrome updated and ready to use too for anytime I want to. I don't use the iCloud system except for transferring safari content (bookmarks, current open tabs, etc.).
    --- Post Merged, Jan 15, 2017 ---
    I believe the plus phones can. The tablets all can but the 4.7" iPhone can't. Yet. (I hope someday).
     
  22. joeblow7777 macrumors 601

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    I use a number of Google apps/services including Google Drive, Google Maps, and Google Docs/Sheets/Slides/Forms, Gmail, Chrome, and Google Classroom (I'm a teacher).

    But the beauty of Google services is that they are cross-platform. I use all of those things on my iPad, iPhone, and Windows PC. Personally, I don't like being tied to one ecosystem. I use iOS, Windows, and Android devices interchangeably.
     
  23. macher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Right cross platform is what I'm talking about.
     
  24. dontwalkhand macrumors 601

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    Of course. My computer is Mac. I use all Apple stuff on purpose.
     
  25. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Dolphin will hand off to Firefox…just saying.
     

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