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Google has colonized every major function of my iPhone
By Thom Holwerda on 2016-05-13 19:44:03

I downloaded the new Gboard for iOS today, and have been really enjoying it so far. Along with wondering about what Google will tell advertisers now that they can read every single thing I type, I came to the realization that pretty much every major function of my iPhone has now been taken over by Google software.

I use Google products for email, search, photos, maps, and video. Gboard effectively puts Google inside every app I use that requires me to type, from texting to taking notes. The only activity that isn't really mediated by the search giant at this point are voice calls, although in the past I have used Google Voice.

This is why, despite rumblings, we've not yet seen Apple allowing iOS users to set default applications.

The day Apple allows this, we're going to see a whole lot of Google iPhones.

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Just allow it already
By darknexus on 2016-05-13 19:58:39
The smart move would be for Apple to just allow the defaults to be changed. People are already dealing with other services even without that ability. Personally, in my area, Apple services seem to work better than Googles, particularly transit directions. That said, I've been in many more areas where this is most definitely not the case.
I like Apple products. For the most part, they fit me and they've been rock solid. Some of the decisions driven by marketing though, I'll never understand and this is one of them. It's such a small thing to allow this now. People ave already chosen their services whether Google, Apple, or Microsoft for that matter. Apple have lost this battle. They'd be better off admitting it.
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Comment by iswrong
By iswrong on 2016-05-14 05:12:10
Support for default applications would indeed be great.

I used (paid) Google Apps for Work since 2008 or so (before it was called Google Apps for Work). A few weeks ago, I migrated my mail to Fastmail and contacts to iCloud. To be honest, I haven't really missed Google Apps since then.

The only thing that mildly annoys me is that Fastmail and iCloud don't support U2F.

Edited 2016-05-14 05:12 UTC
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Looks nice
By konrad on 2016-05-14 18:31:50
Nice, can you change search engine to Duckduckgo?
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RE: Looks nice
By ricegf on 2016-05-15 01:44:35
Sure! In Chrome, go to chrome://settings/ and in the Search section click Manage Search Engines. Browse the list of over 100 options and click Make Default next to Duck Duck Go.

You can also add search engines that aren't listed. Use the Add a Search Engine box at the bottom of the page. (This box is not present on Android Chrome, and DDG isn't listed on the much shorter list of search options, but DDG has an app for that.)

Hope this helps!
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RE[2]: Looks nice
By leech on 2016-05-15 17:54:04
Ha, I've replaced all of my browser's search engines to use DuckDuckGo, even my PS4. I pretty much try to not use Google's services as much as possible. That being said, I trust them a bit more than Apple, so I stay away from Apple devices even more so.
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Comment by fabrica64
By fabrica64 on 2016-05-15 19:25:25
"Along with wondering about what Google will tell advertisers now that they can read every single thing I type"

Do you really think it's something valuable? They already receive it from Apple :-)
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Yup
By Poseidon on 2016-05-15 19:31:53
They probably will allow it once they implement tracking at the OS level more robustly. They may not allow anything but their web engine though.
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Fundamental mistake
By MrHood on 2016-05-16 06:56:08
> I use Google products for email, search, photos, maps, and video

This is your fundamental mistake. Either you try to diversify as much as possible, or you just hand over your data - even without the hassle of needing cross-checking, because all of it is in the hands of a single company...
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