Even if you love Android, you can’t totally ignore iOS. You probably have plenty of family members or friends who use iPhones.
Or you may dabble with the other side on your own with an iPad, which isn’t a bad option considering the Android tablet space could use really use a new Nexus flagship.
As you’re probably aware, you can forget about using most Apple services on Android.
Apple Music is a rare exception, though much like iTunes on Windows, you get the feeling it will always be a second-class citizen compared to the iOS version.
So when you think of sharing music, photos, messaging, and location updates you have to go outside the walls of Cupertino.
This is where the app ecosystem comes in. Not only are there plenty of good services that work well on both Android and iOS, but they’re often better.
If you do it right, you’ll move from one screen to another, regardless of platform, with ease. And you’ll be better connected to those in your life who just can’t part with their iPhones.
Go over the top for messaging
Let’s start simple: the ski slopes will probably open up in the infernal regions before Apple ports iMessage to Android.
It’s really unfortunate, because iMessage is probably the one thing I miss the most from when I used an iPhone everyday.
Real-time typing notifications, sync to the desktop, and of course the social pressure of not being one of those dreaded green bubbles are all nice to have.
Keep tabs on everybody
Another iOS-only app that you have to live without is Find My Friends.
Again, Apple has crafted a seamless approach for keeping tabs on family members, especially helpful if you have children that aren’t very good at reporting their whereabouts.
Familonet gives a lot of additional details, such as location history, customized alerts, and it supports Android Wear (iOS users also get Apple Watch support).
Share photos with ease
Keeping a photo collection in sync, or just the act of sharing images, can be a pain when you’re trying to do this across mobile platforms.
If you have enough Google Drive storage then you can save everything at full quality, and that’s definitely the best option. The iOS app is also pretty much on par with features as the Android version.
In the end, the beauty of our current app situation is that there is a ton of choice out there to keep everything for yourself and others all in sync.
We’re in a multi-platform and multi-device world, and the services that are worth our time are going to be the ones that navigate this the best.
The hardest part is convincing iOS users to stray from Apple’s defaults, which are convenient, even if third-party apps and services are better.
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