The vast majority of Google’s iOS apps have not been updated since the beginning of December. A trio of smaller Google applications saw new versions towards the end of last month, while YouTube for iPhone and iPad was just updated this evening.
Following the latest YouTube release (15.49.4) on December 7, iPhone owners are watching version 15.49.6 tonight. The release date is officially February 13, which gives a very strange weekend update by Google. As usual, the YouTube team continued their practice of using generic release notes:
Fixed bugs, improved performance, drank way too much coffee
Although it is normal for technology companies to stop work during the winter holidays, updates usually continue by mid-January. Some speculated that the lack of releases was due to app nutrition labels, but YouTube filled out the App Privacy section long before this update today.
In fact, the YouTube family (Music, TV and Studio), except for children, was updated with the Apple requirement in early February. Google has publicly stated its commitment to add labels, and the current number is over a dozen apps:
As Google̵7;s iOS apps have been updated with new features or to fix bugs, you will 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.
The YouTube update comes as iPhone owners earlier this week experienced a “This app is out of date” message when trying to sign in with a Google Account. There was no actual security issue and the warning was quickly removed.
Hopefully other Google app updates will follow soon. The latest Chrome for iOS is particularly 24 days late, although feature parity was not lost due to the server-side update of most Google services. For example, the Google app got a major redesign of how search results appear last month.
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