Early last month, Google began releasing new iOS versions of its YouTube family of apps after a long, unspecified pause. 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 received a handful of patches. Last Friday, Google Podcast got a new version, and a trio of major iPhone updates will follow on Monday: Google Calendar, Gmail and Docs/Sheets/Slides.
For the email app, it’s the first new update since December 1. The release notes for version 6.0.210124 mention only “bug fixes and performance improvements.” It follows a bug where iPhone owners encountered a “This app is out of date” message when trying to sign in with a new Google account.
The changelogs for these other productivity clients are just as vague. All of today’s updates include App Privacy details, although these were added some time before these new versions. Some originally speculated that the lack of updates was due to Apple’s food labels, but – whatever the reason – this was no normal winter break as app development continued on the Android side.Drive was last updated in December, along with Google Search, Photos, and Maps.
These apps still lack privacy labels. Meanwhile, Chrome remains on version 87 even as 88 rolled out 41 days ago to all other platforms. The next browser update is set to launch later this week.
Google updates on iOS return in earnest with Gmail, Calendar and Docs today