Google over the weekend started to replace lots of its flagship iOS apps after a prolonged delay attributable to the corporate’s failure so as to add Apple’s newly required privateness labels in a well timed vogue. Though Google earlier this yr mentioned it will “soon” start so as to add the labels to its apps as they have been up to date, it has nonetheless but to take action for plenty of key properties — together with Search, Photos, Assistant, Maps, Pay, Chrome and others.
Per Apple’s coverage, builders can not concern additional updates till privateness labels are utilized. That prevented Google from updating lots of its prime apps for a for much longer time period than common — particularly for a corporation of its measurement the place minor updates containing bug fixes and efficiency enhancements are issued regularly.
Gmail, for instance, hadn’t been up to date for 3 months earlier than the replace that rolled out this weekend.
According their iOS App Store listings, Slides, Docs, Sheets and Calendar all acquired updates this weekend, as nicely. And over the previous couple of weeks, updates for different newly labeled Google apps have additionally been restarted — together with YouTube, YouTube TV, YouTube Music, Google Tasks and Google Podcasts, for instance.
We’ve been monitoring Google’s app updates right here in Google Sheets. (Appfigures confirmed our spreadsheet’s accuracy by operating it towards its personal information.)
This weekend’s set of newly up to date apps aren’t the one ones from Google to have acquired their privateness labels in 2021. Labels will be utilized with out issuing an app replace which makes them more durable to identify, generally.
Across Google’s full suite of iOS apps, these apps with labels now embody:
Google One, Google Podcasts, Google Stadia, Google Fit, Google Fi, Google Tasks, Google Chat, Onduo, Project Baseline, YouTube, YouTube TV, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids, YouTube Studio, Google Meet, Google Smart Lock, Motion Stills, Google Fiber, Google Ads, Wear OS, Google Calendar, Google Classroom, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Play Movies, Google Home, Fiber TV, Google Translate and Google Authenticator.
Google has not mentioned why it’s taking so lengthy to use its labels. It initially attributed its delay so as to add the privateness labels to its annual vacation code freeze — a time of the yr when the corporate pauses updates on its apps whereas many individuals take break day.
But because the weeks changed into months, it was clear that Google was taking a way more cautious and methodical strategy to making use of the labels than different massive tech corporations. As a…