When it comes to its applications and services, Google has never really given “inferior” treatment to iPhone users. In fact, some application functions reach iPhone users before Android smartphone users. Having said that, Google’s experience on the iPhone can be better, which is what the company is working on. According to a report by 9to5Mac, Jeff Verkoeyen, head of engineering for Google Design on Apple’s platform, explained this in a long Twitter post.
Verkoeyen said in a series of tweets, “As we continue to pursue cross-platform pixel parity, our iOS components are slowly moving away from Apple’s platform foundations, as these foundations are also evolving year by year.”
He further stated that Google is aware of how it approaches the design of the Apple platform, enabling it to “combine the essence of UIKit with the highlights of Google’s design language.” UIKit is a user interface toolkit that enables Google to maintain or provide specific user interfaces in its applications.
As a result, “the application bar has become UINavigationControllers. Standard controls require only a slight branding,” explained the engineering leader of Google Design. He further said, “Simplify while still providing distinction in important places.”
Verkoeyen said that with the introduction of SwiftUI in iOS 14+ and major improvements in UIKit, “it has never been easier to build a great brand experience with a small amount of code.”
Google didn’t really make custom code for the Apple platform, but “now invest in the long tail of UX details to really make the product feel great on the Apple platform.”
Google has quickly updated its app to better integrate with iOS 15. For example, it has updated the Google app to use focus mode and issue relevant notifications as promptly as possible. “For example, if you use Google Maps to navigate a place, we will still notify you when you need to turn or change your route, such as road closures or unexpected traffic. Focus mode will not silence these useful, timely reminders,” Google explained.
Source: Times of India