Google has delivered a bug fix to its iOS YouTube app, the first update to a major Google iOS app since December, 9to5Google reports. Although there has been speculation that the reason for the lack of updates to iOS versions of Gmail, Docs, Search and Photos is an attempt to avoid Apple’s new privacy labels, Google has explicitly denied that this was the case. The company said in a Jan. 12 blog post that it would add labels to its apps when updates were available:
As Google’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 ̵1; that is, if you use all the available features and services in the app. The data you provide to Google products provides useful services to you, and you can always check your privacy settings by going to your Google Account or directly to the Google products you use on iOS.
Apple requires companies to use the privacy labels, which they launched on December 14, before they can update existing iOS apps. Some of Google’s other apps – such as Stadia, Authenticator, Translate and Classroom – have already received iOS updates.
We & # 39; ve contacted Google to inquire about updates to the iOS versions of Gmail, Search, Docs, and Photos, and will be reporting back if we know more.