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10 Essential Google Apps For iPhone Users

Just because you're an Apple aficionado doesn't mean you can't load up your iPhone with Google apps. Here are 10 of the best.
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(Image: TARIK KIZILKAYA/iStockphoto)

(Image: TARIK KIZILKAYA/iStockphoto)

The everlasting war between Apple fanboys and slavish devotees of Google's Android operating system has resulted in many famously heated flame wars, with each side castigating the other for being blind followers while lauding their preferred platform's superiority on any number of fronts.

However, it seems the two companies have been able to somehow get along -- at least on a certain level -- as evidenced by the healthy number of mobile applications developed by Google that are available on Apple's App Store.

Even die-hard Apple fans would most likely admit that the company's mapping application doesn't hold a candle to Google's far-reaching (and far more accurate) Maps app. At the same time, Google's Chrome mobile search engine application is a reasonably mandatory download for anyone who owns a smartphone.

In a similar vein to Google Maps, the company's Earth application is also a blast, allowing users to spin around the world and check out destinations near and far.

[Check out 10 iPhone apps you have never heard of.]

On the productivity front, there's Sheets, which lets users create, edit, and collaborate with others on spreadsheets from an iPhone or iPad, as well as Translate, which features translation for an astounding 90 languages. Finally, access files from your iPhone with Google's free online storage service, Drive.

There are a total of 44 Google applications available for download. We can't cover them all, so we've picked 10 that we think represent great examples of cross-platform collaboration.

Best of all, these applications are free, so you don't have to worry about shelling out your hard earned cash to the competition -- even if these downloads make your iPhone even more beloved to you.

(All images courtesy of the Apple App Store)

Nathan Eddy is a freelance writer for InformationWeek. He has written for Popular Mechanics, Sales & Marketing Management Magazine, FierceMarkets, and CRN, among others. In 2012 he made his first documentary film, The Absent Column. He currently lives in Berlin. View Full Bio

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PedroGonzales
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7/6/2015 | 10:52:32 PM
Re: Helpful
I think google has the best apps for productivity. I used them all the time, specially Google maps.  i agree, if the apps allows me to be more productive and helps me with my daily task, I'm all for it.  I think apple is more known for their devices than for developing apps.
Li Tan
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Li Tan,
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7/3/2015 | 10:43:57 AM
Re: Helpful
I think this is healthy competition and the consumer will benefit from it. I am an Apple fun but I do not insist to have only Apple Apps installed on my phone. As long as the App is good and useful for me, I will take it.
mak63
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mak63,
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7/1/2015 | 5:23:58 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
The camera thing is a nice feature of Translate. I didn't know about that. So, I went to Google Play to get it, and surprise, I already have it. Who knew?

H@mmy
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[email protected],
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6/30/2015 | 4:06:19 PM
Helpful
These apps are much of a need. No matter how much die heart Apple fan you are, you are using one of these apps daily. Presence of Google apps on Apple app store invites Apple to bring something of equal standing so that people look forward for apps created by Apple too.
H@mmy
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[email protected],
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6/30/2015 | 4:01:24 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
Surely a life saver. While I was trying to understand a code written by Japanese programmer, the comments were also written in Japanese. Google Translator helped me finding the exact coding block I was looking for.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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6/30/2015 | 3:24:16 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@yalanand,

But in order to create a wifi zone you need a signal, and that would come either from your phone or your car having a celular signal enabled (either option involves carrier charges)
yalanand
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yalanand,
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6/30/2015 | 3:22:06 PM
Re: Google Translate is a life saver!
Google translate and navigation systems I don't trust at all. Time and again it has landed me in trouble. I have offended the natives, gone 200 metres off into another building etc. It had been a disaster.
yalanand
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yalanand,
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6/30/2015 | 3:20:08 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
Or you can create a WiFi zone in your car for using the navigation systems the best possible way.
yalanand
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yalanand,
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6/30/2015 | 3:18:33 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
Here maps is in a way better than Google maps when it comes to drivability. It's much too accurate.
mejiac
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mejiac,
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6/30/2015 | 2:23:45 PM
Re: Nothing holds a candle to Google Maps
@program2000,

I would be interesting to see if Navigation Systems that are not based on existing smartphone platforms (Google, Apple) to start leverging them to get updates.

I mean, I just have my phone speak the directions via the car's bluetooth and I just mount my phone on the dash.
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