Google Updates Key Apps for iOS 15/iPadOS 15

Posted on September 20, 2021 by Paul Thurrott in Google, iOS, iPadOS, Mobile with 6 Comments

Apple’s iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 aren’t dramatic visual or functional updates like their predecessors, but Google is ready on day one with some app updates that take advantage of the new features.

“iOS 15 is here, and with it, many new features to improve your favorite Google apps,” Google director Luke Wroblewski announced.

Key among the updates today are:

Focus mode support. Several Google apps have been updated for the new Focus mode in iOS 15. Focus mode won’t silence navigation notifications from Google Maps, for example, but less urgent or timely notifications will go directly to the Notification Center. Google says that Gmail, Home, Meet, Tasks, Maps, and many other apps will be updated for this feature in the weeks ahead.

Improved widgets on iPad. With iPad finally getting full support for widgets, Google is updating its widgets on that platform with extra-large versions for Google Photos and YouTube Music so that you can access your memories and favorite music, respectively, directly from the home screen without having to first open the apps.

YouTube Music support in Spotlight. Google Drive is already available in Spotlight, but with iOS 15, Google is also adding YouTube Music support so you can search for your favorite music in Spotlight and start playing it directly in YouTube Music.

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Comments (6)

6 responses to “Google Updates Key Apps for iOS 15/iPadOS 15”

  1. oxymarc

    That's actually pretty funny. I remember they were really slow updating their apps with 14.5 when it came to adhering to Apple's new privacy features.

  2. Chris_Kez

    Not sure when they finally pushed it to me but I’m also now able to enjoy Dark mode on both Google Maps and the Google search page on iOS.

  3. blue77star

    I have iPhone 8 Plus with 90% of battery life and to me there is nothing new with iOS 15. I know lot of those features are not supported but even those which are, don't care about it. In reality there is nothing new for me since iOS 12.

  4. JH_Radio

    There are deffinet accessibility u upates that have been pushed out since iOS 12.

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