Early last month, Google began launching new iOS versions of the YouTube application family after a long, unspecified break. Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs and other apps were updated today in an apparent return to normal for iPhone and iPad owners.
In recent weeks, YouTube and YouTube Music have seen a handful of updates. Last Friday, Google Podcast got a new version, and Monday sees a trio of major iPhone updates: Google Calendar, Gmail and Docs / Sheets / Slides.
For the email app, it’s the first new update since December 1st. Version 6.0.210124 release notes only specify “bug fixes and performance improvements.”
The change logs for these other productivity clients are just as vague. All updates today include app privacy information, although they were added once before these new versions. Some initially speculated that the lack of updates was due to Apple’s nutrition labels, but – for whatever reason – this was not a normal winter holiday break as app development continued on the Android side.
Drive was last updated in December with Google Search, Photos and Maps. These apps still lack privacy labels. Meanwhile, Chrome remains on version 87, although 88 rolled out 41 days ago to all other platforms. The next browser update is set to launch later this week.
That said, the lack of new app versions has not affected the rollout of features given how often Google uses server updates.
|Desktop release||iOS update||Difference|
|78||October 22, 2019||October 22, 2019||No|
|79||Dec 10, 2019||Dec 10, 2019||No|
|80||February 4, 2020||February 5, 2020||+1|
|81||March 17, 2020||April 7, 2020||COVID + delay|
|83||May 19, 2020||May 21, 2020||+2|
|84||July 14, 2020||July 14, 2020||No|
|85||August 25, 2020||August 25, 2020||No|
|86||October 6, 2020||September 30, 2020||-7|
|87||Nov 17, 2020||Nov 18, 2020||+1|
|88||January 19, 2021||+41|
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