Google Updated Some iPhone X Apps, But Not the Ones You Wanted

Google has released updates for its Sheets, Docs, and Slides applications on Monday, all of which now include optimisation for the iPhone X screen.

They look wonderful on the smartphone’s edge-to-edge display, using all of the available screen space that the device offers, including the notch area, the TrueDepth camera system, and the bottom area of the display as well.

Meanwhile, We’re Still Waiting for the Rest

In the meantime, we are longing for Google applications like Maps, Calendar, Gmail, and Hangouts to get optimized for the iPhone X. At this point, these apps make your $1000 bezel-less iPhone X look like the $700 iPhone 8 with bezels!

Google has updated a number of other applications for the new iPhone so far:

  • Chrome
  • YouTube
  • Google Photos
  • Assistant
  • Earth
  • Duo
  • Google+
  • Translate

This is a good list of applications, but the continuing lack of optimization for the hugely popular Maps, Calendar, and Gmail apps is strange. Luckily Google is not in charge of the online pokies NZ has to offer -who knows where we would be then?

Hopefully They Will be Optimised Sooner Rather than Later

It is not the worst thing, we know, and updates for these popular applications will likely be released soon. When optimisation for the iPhone X screen does become available, it is probably that we will get more space to use like we did for the Docs application too. For the moment, however, those of us who wish to use these unoptimised applications will be reminded what an iPhone with bezels is like, unfortunately.

Google Has Not Responded

When Google was asked about how the prioritisation of updates for its various iOS applications worked, they did not immediately respond. I guess we will have to wait and see!

In Any Case, the Pixel 2 May be Better than the iPhone X

Users who have been experimenting with the Google Pixel 2 XL are finding it difficult to convince themselves that the new iPhone X is better. While the latter gadget makes a serious case for itself when it comes to design, it really is a beautiful gadget, the price is rather off-putting.

The new Pixel 2 from Google starts at just $650, which is a whopping $350 less than the price for the iPhone X. The larger Pixel 2 XL is still only $850, which remains a better deal. They also come with a fast charger included, and iPhone X does not, even though Apple has finally added support for this feature to both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X. This lets you get hours of extra battery life with just a few minutes of charging, which is incredibly useful in a pinch, and may see users stray from their loyalty to the iOS yet…

Google needs to get its act together in terms of app optimization for the iOS, and Apple needs to calm down with their pricing, in summary. The world of smartphones is changing, and fast, and these two brand-leaders need to get their acts together!