The New York Times has a new article about Google’s apps for Apple products. While Google’s Android is a competitor of the iPhone, the advantages for Google that come from creating new apps greatly outweigh the downsides of helping a rival. Apps such as Google maps, Chrome, and YouTube have been big hits and are at the core of Google’s business. With people using its apps, Google gets the data it needs to continuously improve its products and maintains it’s prime revenue-making advertising service. The importance of advertising and of getting customer data trumps any risk of helping a competitor’s phone.