Are Google’s iPad apps bad on purpose?
I’ve been toying with this thread for a bit. Is it too conspiratorial to think Google is making an awful iPad experience to push people to use the Web and ideally Chromebooks or at least Chrome).
I bought a 9.7 inch iPad Pro with the smart keyboard when it came out and while my school still used MS stuff all was fine but then we got a 1:1 Chromebook deployment and were required to use all Google apps for our work. And oh no problem I’ll just switch to their apps.
But oh they’re slow rolling all kinds of features in. Forms just isn’t supported at all, and is a mess if you need two Google accounts. Drive, slides and sheets work together on the web so much better for when I need to write a lesson plan in a sheet describing several PDFs and Slides and how I’m going to use them. It all feels like the point is to send me running to a computer with a desktop browser to use them on the web.
Apple may have some blame here too as if they’d just let different web browsers use their own underlying tech it would all be fine, or if Safari could show like full desktop Sheets and Slides but it can’t. Not having ways to do multiple instances of apps except Safari is a pain, not having an easy way to do tabs also is a mess.
I don’t know maybe I’m being too conspiratorial and they just have some different priorities than I do. But it feels like they’re intentionally making the iPad less useful than it could be.