I never thought I’d be using applications as much as I do every single day. Back when they were first starting to gain in popularity, I barely paid them any attention. Not because I didn’t think they would somehow lose their appeal to the mass market, but simply because I didn’t find any need for them. That changed drastically, and in a short amount of time, and now I use a wide range of apps every single day. From checking news, to hockey scores, to just jotting down notes, the applications available on the mobile platform I’m using at any moment is crucial to the phone I want to use.

I’ll freely admit that it’s why I don’t use Windows Phone 8 every day. It’s also why I know I can’t jump on board with BlackBerry’s BlackBerry 10 quite yet, either. I think it’s funny that, during my tests of music apps Spotify and Rdio, it’s ultimately the result of that test that’s keeping me from enjoying a BlackBerry Z10 as my daily driver. As I’ve suggested in the past, just a single missing application from a mobile platform can ultimately prevent a person’s adoption.

It’s just the way things go these days. We love our applications, and that’s not going to change anytime soon. As long as developers keep making apps that serve a particular function, and do it better than what we were doing before apps, we’ll still need them in our lives.

I switch mobile operating systems a lot. In the first three months of 2012, I’ve gone back and forth between Windows Phone, Android, and iOS more than a few times, all on different devices. I’ve switched from  a Windows Phone 8X by HTC, Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, another effort with the  Galaxy S III, an iPhone 4S and an iPhone 5, Sony’s Xperia TL, and Nokia’s Lumia 920. I’ve run through a healthy set of options, trying everything I can get my hands on, but more often than not it came down to the applications I use every single day that made the decision for me.

Simply put, Windows Phone 8 just doesn’t have the apps that I use every single day. I’m talking apps like NHL GameCenter LIVE, MLB At Bat, Simplenote, and games like Real Racing 3. (There are a lot more than this, I'm just using these as examples.) Yes, Windows Phone does have alternative sports apps, like ESPN’s ScoreCenter, but they just don’t cut it. Why? Because I can’t watch live Boston Bruins games on those other NHL-focused apps. And, the ESPN ScoreCenter app for Windows Phone is good, but it doesn’t stack up against the Android or iOS options.

Android? Yeah, I may not be able to quit Android, but I keep running into similar situations. No, it is obviously not as bad as the Windows Phone predicament, but there are little gripes. For instance, while I have my “Number One!” fan team, I do follow other clubs during baseball and hockey seasons. If I want to use the MLB At Bat app for Android, for instance, I can watch or listen to live games, and that’s great – but I can’t add multiple favorite teams. Which means I don’t get notifications about those teams – I have to go search out scores, or news. (NHL GameCenter LIVE for Android just recently added the ability to have up to five favorite teams, so that's a step in the right direction.)

(This is almost made okay by the fact that Google Now exists, and it already knows the teams I care about. But, we’re just talking about specific apps for now, so we have to ignore that for the time being.)

But you know what the biggest deal to me is? The fact that the Google-based applications, like Gmail, or Google Search, or Google Maps, are just so dang good on iOS. They really are. Sure, someone might try to convince me that Google Maps on Android is better, and I’d tend to agree. But Google Maps on iOS isn’t missing any features that I need every day. The app works so well, based on my particular usage, that I don’t feel the need to switch to Android to get the best Maps experience.

As soon as Apple gives Google the go ahead for Google Now on iOS, then, well, it’s anyone’s guess as to why I’d feel the need to switch to Android. This is sort of the same situation that BlackBerry finds itself in, but on a much broader scale. Why switch to BlackBerry 10 when what I’m already using works just fine? Does exactly what I need and want it to do? That can be said for any platform when comparing to BlackBerry 10, by the way, not just iOS, not just Android, and not just Windows Phone. Why switch, if there isn’t an explicit reason to do so?

I switch because I need to know how the other platforms compare to one another, and because I can find small gripes in just about any platform or device that I’m using. (Though, I’m seriously wondering if I’m going to find anything wrong with the HTC One, other than my little nitpicks with Android apps.)

The truth of the matter is, is that my dependence on Google-based apps isn’t a hindrance because I’m on iOS at any given moment. In fact, Google has done such a good job with their apps on Apple’s mobile platform that I can’t find a reason to switch anymore. It works, and so well, that using iOS for the other benefits (like more games, and apps with more features) just seems to make sense. Based on my specific usage, mind you.

I think if Google stopped supporting their apps so well, or stopped making them work so well right from the start, I’d switch off of iOS completely. I could learn to get over the small issues with specific Android apps, I think.

But I want to hear from you. Do you still use iOS because the Google experience on the platform is well supported, and even worth using? Or do you prefer the Google experience can only truly be encapsulated on an Android device? Would you stop using an iPhone if Google stopped supporting their apps so well on the mobile OS? Let me know what you think.

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Abraham Quintana
Abraham Quintana No
Chris Ross
Chris Ross i left ios when it occurred to me that 90% of the apps/services i used were google ones anyway
Richard John Soares
Richard John Soares Yerp
Lynell Sumerian Sandifer
Lynell Sumerian Sandifer I wish google would take all their apps out the apples app store.
Nirav Insomniac
Nirav Insomniac When you are in any thing related to apple,u ought to be bounded by apple rules.You are their prisoner and need to exactly do what they say.
Ken Rowe
Ken Rowe You mean if google was what they ask other OS's not to be, as in EVIL? I would do what millions are already doing, leaving to go with Microsoft.
Milton Gfl Williams
Milton Gfl Williams Im not an ios user , but feel to take part in this pole none the less :)
Jonathan Buenrostro
Jonathan Buenrostro Yup
TheGuywho Livedinthecrystalcastle
TheGuywho Livedinthecrystalcastle leave ios......never
Jesus Salvador Delgado Martinez
Jesus Salvador Delgado Martinez the only google apps i use is google translate and youtube
Randy Walker Sr.
Randy Walker Sr. I left them long ago and ios hasn't impressed me at ever since. So would not matter to me if Google supported or not.
Mario DeLeón
Mario DeLeón I would be any happier!!! :D
Jake Patterson
Jake Patterson Nope. If app deletion and multitasking and closing of apps, plus battery life lasted as long, yes. Otherwise iPhone is my choice, minus their email probs...ie: waiting longer to receive email on my phone when androids are instantaneous, like my old BB
Virg Prekazis
Virg Prekazis No
Tan Aguada
Tan Aguada I've never been in iOS and never will :p
Amir Canty
Amir Canty it doesnt
Marcus Samual Winchester
Marcus Samual Winchester This is the benefit of being in two eco-systems. I utilise Android on my Galaxy S3 and iOS on my iPad Mini. The Google eco-system is just so tightly woven with their core applications but Apple(for now) wins in app availability with more quality applications. Google have come a long way with Android that it pains me to see Chromebook flopping, if only Google threw Android on that beast. They would only have to use the best mobile hardware around( 2GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Adreno 330 GPU) to ensure it works soundly and port down Chrome apps.
Samantha Brown
Samantha Brown Iphone can't even copy or paste
Michael Schneider
Michael Schneider I still think Apple runs better then Android
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz yes google has the best app. Useful
Eduardo Ordaz
Eduardo Ordaz I know I would. We use google maps almost all the time when we go to places.
Teron Facey
Teron Facey All the people who said No won't admit that they use and like Google Maps over Apple Maps.
Fernando Teixeira
Fernando Teixeira Yes... Of course
Asad Muhammad
Asad Muhammad I got iPod touch 4 and I have mobile tablet of android and I like android much Better
John W Bloodworth III
John W Bloodworth III I might be forced to go back to android if I loose google maps. Got to have transit routing
Shabbir Ahmed
Shabbir Ahmed Will use both iOS and android
Steven Quacoo- Dorby
Steven Quacoo- Dorby I like that google has google voice that u can use another phone # when it phone is off via wifi
Gary Bollinger
Gary Bollinger Oh God please let that happen!!!!!!!!!!!
Phil Ofthefuture
Phil Ofthefuture I wouldn't use an iphone in the first place
Jerry Goldbaum
Jerry Goldbaum I couldn't care less what Google does. I don't use their services and feel great not having to rely on them.
Dustin T. Robles
Dustin T. Robles So in short yes I would (given the right Circumstances)
Dustin T. Robles
Dustin T. Robles I couldn't for a year and a half anyway but I plan on getting a galaxy when my contract is over
Jim Engquist
Jim Engquist Bottom line, that's not gonna happen. Pointless question.
Charlie Ebner
Charlie Ebner I would go to Windows Phone.
Alex C Dykes
Alex C Dykes Funny how very few people commenting here understood the actual question.
Jim Sowell
Jim Sowell Apples Zombies Unite!
Qi Ren
Qi Ren No. Well maybe it's just me, but I hardly use any Google apps and services besides Gmail
Matt Peters
Matt Peters I would probably switch from Google. Microsoft and Apple offer a matching set of services.
Michal Polak
Michal Polak Leaving the iOS is extremely unlikely for me, due to all the overall Apple environment I currently live, as well as all the apps I've already bought, some of which cannot be even purchased on other platforms. And needless to say, I'm pretty satisfied with the iOS the way it is, and only wish it to be less skeuomorphic, which is what I believe Jonny Ive is going to take care of soon. I suppose I could live with other platforms, but I've already settled. :-)
Gabe Karl
Gabe Karl it depends ... u can't get rid of loyal customer s
Hansel Starley
Hansel Starley I have Android and I don't use maps
Nick Chimento
Nick Chimento Possibly... I mean Google Maps... C'Mon!
Peter Blanco
Peter Blanco I love how this turned into an Apple vs Android battle. Instead of insulting either let's just answer the question!
Jeanne Donnelly
Jeanne Donnelly Google maps...blah....I use google navigation everyday. I even tell my co-worker before we leave work the 202 is backed up. She is a former Apple employee too. I love my droid and love open source too.
Brandon Watters
Brandon Watters @Kevin Joel Android and ICrap have way more apps then Windows Phone, and the ones they have they EOL the entire store so you have to upgrade.
Luis Robles Figueroa
Luis Robles Figueroa I like all tech but prefer Google Android plat form more. Yes I have use IOS and planning to buy a IPad Mini soon.
Lawrence Lepes
Lawrence Lepes I left Iphone a long time ago. Samsung makes the best phones.
Marv Cabatic
Marv Cabatic I buy whatever phone I can afford. That way if I lose it, it won't hurt too much. But I do hate phones with loaded bloat-ware that I don't even use. It's even sadder when one has to subscribe to a particular service to download apps. There should be an "open market" where one can obtain apps, regardless of provider or make of phone. But I guess it's hard to make an app without proprietary usage, since there is so many models of phones on the market.
Rafael Guzman
Rafael Guzman No ios crapple for me
Camar Green
Camar Green Why use an app for Facebook when toucan pull up the real page in the note 2? iOS apps are crashing more and more These days no warning
Andres Castañaza
Andres Castañaza Yes, most of my services and documents are in google hands.
Daniel Quintero
Daniel Quintero They won't cuz while android has 80% of the market iOS is the remaining 18 so that way they have almost 100% saturation
Alfonso Manuel Avalos
Alfonso Manuel Avalos Who cares
Bobby Delaney
Bobby Delaney Yes
Jason Angeles
Jason Angeles Apps do run smoother on ios.. Even facebook runs smoother than on note2. Which my brother who got his 3 months ago realized it lags the app when he checks fb on his phone
Javier Segura
Javier Segura Even Google apps run smoother and look better on ios than android. You don't see safari on android...Android needs iPhone more than iPhone needs android... and who really needs android???
Matt Percan
Matt Percan Nope!
Denzel Isaiah Gaines
Denzel Isaiah Gaines Why is it a Google/Apple debate for apps I have a Google nexus but used many generations of the iPhone. They both have their similarities and differences. It just depends on the people. Apple and Samsung is more like the battle cause you see the galaxy and iPhone everywhere makes me no want either but what they bring to the table what makes me want them.
Jeremy Carter
Jeremy Carter I really want apple to fail! Google fan to the end
Miranda Brito Inacio Mandlate
Miranda Brito Inacio Mandlate haha no!
Gerald Knapp
Gerald Knapp I agree Kevin J. Why don't you go with the malware infested Android if you love Google so much!
Jason Angeles
Jason Angeles I actually like apple maps since its improved from ios 6.0. And actually prefer it more than google maps. I only use google maps if i need a bus route if i plan on taking the bus instead of driving. Other than that dont use it at all. Youtube i can live off since i barely use it on my phone bur religiously on the ipad.. But iphone isn't dead without google support.. Theres alternative and i prefer dolphin browser over chrome anyday..
Mustafa Tahmin
Mustafa Tahmin No
Devin Martinez
Devin Martinez Only one I use is translate
Rishikesh Kankal
Rishikesh Kankal iPhone is not there because of Google apps for sure. Go ahead Google remove your stuff from iOS I'm staying with iPhone.
Christopher Manic Johnson
Christopher Manic Johnson In a way, many ppl would. It's the curse and beauty of Google's ecosystem. The closest thing to Gmail would be Mailbox, which you still have to be invited to use, and the closest thing to Google Maps is Nokia Maps....ha. Apple, after being ahead of the curve in ecosystems, is slowly bowing down to Google; even Microsoft is doing a better job with it's integration of Skydrive, Outlook, and Nokia Maps. It's scary.
Rick Jackson
Rick Jackson lol no ... seriously? I don't even use google apps -
Samantha Brown
Samantha Brown Apple is cheap crap
Stephen Victor
Stephen Victor Google's iPhone customers are still customers period. Won't happen. But would be an interesting power play to get people to move from iPhone to the next Nexus.
Devin Vosburgh
Devin Vosburgh I ditched because they stopped being innovative and went for fashion.
James Norwood
James Norwood Android fans love dumping on snobby stuck up Apple fans.
Kevin Joel
Kevin Joel Windows Phone has every app you need.
Brandon Vaughn
Brandon Vaughn I ditch too. I use Google maps rather than apple maps. I still don't trust them. Hoping HTC one comes to Verizon! Goodbye apple!
Steven B Arellano
Steven B Arellano I don't really use Google apps much at all. For every Google app Apple has a equally good counterpart. Google was a trailblazer and is a fine company, but other companies have leveled the playing field. Apple does not have to rely on Google, they never have needed Google.
Deiondrick Roberts
Deiondrick Roberts All y'all iPhone people saying screw Google and android, but I betting more than half of you use Gmail.
Charles W. Y. Wong
Charles W. Y. Wong Just like when Apple screwed up their maps, when Google was the option for users. Without Google, Apple will fail!
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Android fans act like preschool children..
Shaun M Anderson
Shaun M Anderson Ummm no
James Norwood
James Norwood Crapple sucks. :)
Jesse Ling
Jesse Ling I never needed pOS
Terryon Washington
Terryon Washington Lol No....
Brandon Thompson
Brandon Thompson no...don't use any
Calvin Phann
Calvin Phann iphone will be totally dead if Google stop supporting it especially if they did, that YOUTUBE APP will be gone. ahah
James Matthews
James Matthews Screw google and their apps.
Susan Hugus
Susan Hugus Fine with me, Apple is so behind that the map mess should tell them something. Developing a huge informational data searching system is not easy, and Google is way ahead of the game. Why reinvent the wheel? I will stay with Android.
Sundar Ganapathy
Sundar Ganapathy I just got my gf the iPhone 5 (she refuses to get an android after a bad experience with the droid x) as an upgrade to her 4. The first two apps she installed from the appstore were Chrome and Maps (iOS doesn't auto install all your apps when you upgrade/change phones and she hates using iTunes). The first home screen tweak she made was to replace safari with chrome on the bottom launcher bar. She uses chrome voice search regularly. She won't admit it, but I'm pretty sure she would switch to a galaxy s 3/4 if Chrome and maps went away.
Ezekiel Carsella
Ezekiel Carsella never was there
Kherlen Michael
Kherlen Michael Yes, I would
Rafal Bielec
Rafal Bielec I have already done. Upgrading to iOS6 was the biggest mistake I made, no built in YouTube app, thr maps were gone and suddenly you were left with watching adverts on the terrible youtube app from the apple store and getting lost with Apple maps.
Samuel Cummings
Samuel Cummings Yep. I would.
Enrique BigPapi Martinez
Enrique BigPapi Martinez Yes I would that means no google maps, chrome, or YouTube.
Jason Ramos
Jason Ramos Come on Google, ditch it!!! Too bad they make much of their revenue off of iOS though :(
Steven Walker
Steven Walker No way in h*ll
Herwin Torres
Herwin Torres No, cause I'd never by an icrapple to begin with ;-)
Josh White
Josh White No,
Joe Czo
Joe Czo Nope
Philip Stas
Philip Stas I don't wonder if they would stay with iphone if google would remove there apps, I wonder why they choose for iPhone xD So many other phones less price better hardware :)
Taylor J. MacIntyre
Taylor J. MacIntyre Apple sucks.
Fabian Toti
Fabian Toti Yes
Lowell Orlando Richmond
Lowell Orlando Richmond that's why there is android -___-
Abram Wenevermet Dennis
Abram Wenevermet Dennis Nope..
Giorgio Martinez
Giorgio Martinez Nope ;)
James Norwood
James Norwood If only I were CEO of Google..... >:-)

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