Google has never mistreated or given inferior treatment to iPhone users for its apps and services. In fact, apps and services are given first to iPhone users and then to Android users. Now Google is working to make the experience on iPhone even better. According to reports of 9to5Mac, the staff engineering lead for Google Design on Apple platforms, Jeff Verkoeyen, spoke about this in a long Twitter thread. He said, “as we continued on the pursuit of cross-platform pixel parity, our iOS components were slowly drifting further and further from Apple platform fundamentals because those fundaments were also evolving year over year.”
Google also mentioned how its design for Apple platforms made it “marry the best of UIKit with the highlights of Google’s design language”. UIKit is the user interface kit that allows Google to maintain or provide a specific user interface across its apps.
The engineering lead for Google Design explained that because of this, “app bars become UINavigationControllers. Standard controls just need light branded touches”. He also said, “ Simplification, while still affording distinction where it matters.”
Google has already updated the apps to have better integration with iOS 15. For example, Google has updated Google Apps so that they work with Focus mode and make notifications as relevant and timely as possible. Google explained, “For example, if you’re navigating somewhere with Google Maps, we’ll still let you know when you need to make a turn or if there are changes to your route-like road closures or unexpected traffic. Focus mode won’t silence these helpful, timely reminders.”