Google’s apps are widely popular across the world. Be it on Android phones or iPhones, apps like Gmail, Search, Maps are used by people across the world. Apple for years didn’t change the ‘look’ of the home screen of the iPhone whereas Google with Android gave lots of customisation options. With iOS 14 in 2020, Apple changed that with screen widgets and made it more ‘Android-ish’. And now after the launch of the iPhone 13, Google is giving ‘tips’ to make it look like Android phones.
In a blog post titled “Bring the best of Google to your iPhone 13”, Luke Wroblewski, director, iOS at Google, has shared some tips tohelp you bring the best of Google to iOS.
Home Screen personalisation
The big Android feature in iPhones is widgets and Google wants users to use them as much as possible. And yes, use as many Google apps as possible. “For example, you can search the web, keep an eye on your commute, review your latest workout, and rock out to your favourite playlist all at once with our Google app, Google Maps, Google Fit and YouTube Music widgets,” wrote Wroblewski in the blog.
Widgets aren’t the only option
Some people might not like the idea of widgets on the iPhone. After all it is the iPhone and not an Android phone and Google has a solution for that as well. “If you prefer to keep your Home Screen clear of distractions (except photos of your dog, of course), give Smart Stacks a try. A Smart Stack of Google widgets will help you organize your Home Screen even better and keep your favourite Google apps at the ready,” notes Wroblewski.
Make Chrome your go-to browser
Google wants iPhone users to make Chrome their default browser. If you’re signed in to Chrome and syncing, your tabs will sync across any of your devices using Chrome, and your saved passwords and autofill information will be ready to use. As the default browser, Chrome also integrates with Spotlight. So when you search for something using Spotlight, Chrome is helping you get the results you’re looking for.