“To paraphrase Lucas Pope, we’re ‘swimming in a sea of minor things,’ and I couldn’t be more excited about this new direction.” — Google’s Jeff Verkoeyen
From Jason Snell’s “Google’s apps to embrace iOS on iOS” posted over the weekend:
Over the years Google has unified its design language and moved its work forward in a lot of ways that are admirable. But as Verkoeyen’s Twitter thread points out, it also takes a lot of effort to reinvent your own design language when the platform provides its own for free. It’s easier to be a standard iOS app on iOS.
This is good news. It’s good for Google’s developers, who no longer have to build that custom code. And more importantly, it’s good for people who use Google’s apps on iOS, because with any luck they’ll be updated faster, work better, and feel more like proper iOS apps, not invaders from some other platform.
My take: When you’re working inside the garden walls, resistance is futile.