Let's get real, Apple needs to address iOS limitations

With today's launch of the new Google Maps app, and the very recent update of the GMail app I'm realizing that either Apple's stubbornness must break, or I may not be an iPhone user for much longer.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the simplicity of iOS. I also love their hardware. But I'm married to Google services. I use GMail, Google Docs, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Voice, Google Chrome. Google's recent iOS apps have REALLY excelled in their UI design and I would argue that their aesthetics are now as beautiful as Apple's ever were.

As I was exploring Google Maps iOS today I thought about what would happen if I were to close the app while using turn-by-turn directions. Using standard notifications is a smart, kind of hackish way of going about things, but it clearly was the best choice given the possibilities. Apple has not opened up iOS to allow for more possibilities.

So here's my problem. Why can't Google Maps have better access to more intuitive banners? Why do links have to open in Safari? Why can't I set GMail as my default mail client? Why can't I let Siri accomplish tasks in other apps (a.k.a why can't app developers plug into Siri)? And for the love of God, why can't I put the Newsstand app in a folder?!

In my opinion Apple is the king of hardware design and Google is the king of services and software. Apple's web services are no where in the ballpark of being good enough for my personal/business needs. I realize there are business objectives behind these decisions for Apple but.... damnit I want more!