Google has not updated most of its iOS services since December. These apps now throw “This app is out of date” messages when trying to sign in to Google.
Update: About an hour after this issue occurred, Google removed the warning. All login attempts go immediately to the password field.
You should update this app. The version you are using does not include the latest security features to keep you protected. Only continue if you understand the risk.
This warning (discovered by Spencer Dailey) appears after you enter your email address in apps that have not seen an update since mid-December. This includes Gmail, YouTube, Google Search, Maps, Photos and Drive. Users can “Continue”
At the end of last month, we reported that the company updated three applications (Fiber, Play Movies & TV and Translate). There is no “outdated” warning on these Google apps, while Google Workspace / G Suite addresses do not generate this error.
The problem today is probably more to do with Google’s account system flagging the older versions of these apps, rather than being a real security issue.
The lack of updates comes amid speculation that Google did not update its iOS apps to avoid Apple’s App Privacy label. As of December, iPhone and iPad developers are required to disclose privacy practices in the App Store.
Google on two occasions this year reiterated that it would add privacy labels to all applications as new versions were released. The information is available on over a dozen apps today, including YouTube.
As Google’s iOS apps are updated with new features or to fix bugs, you’ll see updates to our app page listings that include the new App Privacy Details. These labels represent the maximum categories of data that can be collected – that is, if you use all the available features and services in the app.
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