And google's ios map app happens to be one of the most functional and better designed apps I've ever used. Apple could certainly stand to learn from them.
Even though googles approach is the other way around (with design taking a back seat as it should), all of their stuff turns out great. Do you want to know why? Let a programmer tell you. When you program without design restrictions, code stays more flexible and thus can easily get some "master" code to control all the previously created, perfectly working blocks. When you design first, code is often tied to that design, making reuse and changes harder as the code is not flexible. The fact that apple uses such a dumb approach is very telling.
Steve Jobs insane attack on Google for entering the smartphone market was the nail in the coffin for me. I was a Mac developer back in the day; now, I won't touch an Apple product, advise my friends who ask to avoid Apple products, and am firmly in the Android camp. I even have an Android desktop PC that I use side-by-side with my Windows desktop.
I see no sign of Apple stopping their "competition by litigation" strategy, either, so they can rot in Hell as far as I am concerned.
Apple's Map program is a laughingstock.
Google's works like a dream.
That says enough about their methods.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
For some odd reason, I have far more confidence in an application or device dreamed up and designed by engineers and which competes in the market place than in one conceived by «designers»/marketing people, which competes in the courtroom....
I can't say I disagree with anyone here.
Apple feels too corporate in the design. I've always been one to encourage free thinking, some of googles greatest accomplishments came from developers starting personal side projects on company time.
ios apps developed at google by ios developer are really great. Google Earth applications gives lots and lots of information to us. Now we have all information right in our palm.
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