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Google post shows how you can turn the new iPhone 13 series into a virtual Pixel phone

Google has a lot of experience making widgets and is bringing that across to iOS. (Image: Google)
Google has a lot of experience making widgets and is bringing that across to iOS. (Image: Google)
With the launch of the iPhone 13 series and iOS 15, Google has posted a blog outlining how to make your iPhone more like Android. The post outlines how to take advantage of Google's apps and widgets for iOS 15 that put its services and functionality at the center of the iOS experience.

Google’s big Android 12 and Pixel 6 launch event is still a few weeks away where it will showcase the best software and hardware combination that it can muster to take on Apple. This month has of course been all about Apple’s launch of the iPhone 13 range and the latest iteration of its operating system, now at iOS 15. Google, however, has just posted a blog reminding iPhone users that they still enjoy a Google-centric experience on the iPhone.

While there are a handful of Apple apps and widgets that you can use on Android, Google has ported most of its extensive mobile app catalog over to the iPhone. So much so, as the images accompanying the article show, the iPhone can be turned into a virtual Pixel phone with a Google-centric experience thrust forward. With widgets having long been part of the Android experience, Google’s widgets are also among the best currently on iOS 14 and iOS 15.

The question one might then ask is why would you turn your iPhone into an Android-like, Google-first experience? For potential switchers looking to move from Android to the iPhone, this could be one way of helping to smooth over the transition -- Google still makes plenty of money from its services on iOS. There might be some others who are given an iPhone as part of their job, but they prefer Google’s apps and services. Either way, it’s certainly an interesting demonstration that also suggests the iPhone might be a more open platform than it might otherwise seem.

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Google shows how the iPhone can be transformed into a virtual Pixel phone. (Image: Google)
Google shows how the iPhone can be transformed into a virtual Pixel phone. (Image: Google)

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1360 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2021-09-29 (Update: 2021-09-29)