YouTube and Google Photos for iOS Updated With New Features

Google has updated Photos for iOS to add several new features to the app. Separately, YouTube for iOS has also received an update that adds several new features to it.

Google has updated the Photos app for iOS to version 1.4 and added several new features. As per the changelog offered on the app’s App Store page, Photos app now allows users to give private labels, and merge face groups in Search. You can now share animations – gif files – to WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger apps. The company claims that the app would now launch faster and there are other bug fixes and performance improvements as well. The app, however, doesn’t offer Chromecast support just yet.

The company recently rolled out an update to Photos’ Android client to add Chromecast support, a new labelling feature, and the ability to share gif files to WhatsApp messenger.

YouTube for iOS has also received an update, hitting the version number 10.38. The new update makes it easier to find content. As listed in the changelog, users will now be able to access recommended videos, subscriptions feed, and their favourite channels by either tapping on their respective icons or swiping your screen. If you like to upload videos to the network, you now get a new in-app editing tools to make it easier to upload your videos.

Earlier this month, Drive for iOS also received an update. Bumping up the version number to 4.2, the app added the ability to backup and share photos and videos from iOS Photos app. Also, the update made it possible for users to open and edit documents files in their respective apps and save it back to Drive.

Google Search Adds App Indexing Support in Safari on iOS 9

Google back in May introduced app indexing to iOS apps which showed iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users contents from within mobile apps straight from Google Search. The search engine giant is expanding the feature to the Safari browser by making it compatible with HTTP deep link standards for the latest iOS 9 OS version.

In other words, Google has enabled app indexing with deep linking which will now show app content in search results page of Safari in iOS 9. Google further detailing the method has asked developers to add Universal Links to their iOS app and then integrate with its SDK. The company expects that users should start seeing app content in Safari on iOS by end of this month.

In a Google+ post, the company writes, “Getting your app content found on Google just got easier. App Indexing is now compatible with HTTP deep link standards for iOS 9, as it has been on Android from the beginning. That means that you can start getting your app content into the Search results page on Safari in iOS, simply by adding Universal Links to your iOS app, then integrating with our SDK. With this improvement, we will no longer support new integrations on iOS 7 and iOS 8. Users will start seeing your app content in Safari on iOS at the end of October.”

ios_9_google_app_indexing_official.jpgGoogle’s official App Indexing page notes, “The Google App Indexing documentation for iOS 9 is available to the public. Our systems will begin serving iOS universal links in mid-October. App Indexing for iOS versions 7 and 8 is now deprecated and no longer available for new integrations.”

Google’s mobile searches on Android have been displaying relevant information from Android apps for a while now.

iOS 9 Adoption Hits 57 Percent

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Apple released their new mobile OS last month and now Apple has updated their developer page with the latest iOS 9 adoption rates.

Apple announced at the launch of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus that iOS 9 adoption was at 50%, the latest figures show that iOS 9 is now on 57 percent of Apple’s devices.

The chart below shows that iOS 9 is on 57% of devices, iOS 8 is on 33 percent of devices and earlier versions of Apple’s mobile OS is on 10 percent of devices.

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It will be interesting to see where Apple’s iOS 9 is at after a full month, the software was released to existing users on the 16th of September.

Google Search Adds App Indexing Support in Safari on iOS 9

Google back in May introduced app indexing to iOS apps which showed iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch users contents from within mobile apps straight from Google Search. The search engine giant is expanding the feature to the Safari browser by making it compatible with HTTP deep link standards for the latest iOS 9 OS version.

In other words, Google has enabled app indexing with deep linking which will now show app content in search results page of Safari in iOS 9. Google further detailing the method has asked developers to add Universal Links to their iOS app and then integrate with its SDK. The company expects that users should start seeing app content in Safari on iOS by end of this month.

In a Google+ post, the company writes, “Getting your app content found on Google just got easier. App Indexing is now compatible with HTTP deep link standards for iOS 9, as it has been on Android from the beginning. That means that you can start getting your app content into the Search results page on Safari in iOS, simply by adding Universal Links to your iOS app, then integrating with our SDK. With this improvement, we will no longer support new integrations on iOS 7 and iOS 8. Users will start seeing your app content in Safari on iOS at the end of October.”

ios_9_google_app_indexing_official.jpgGoogle’s official App Indexing page notes, “The Google App Indexing documentation for iOS 9 is available to the public. Our systems will begin serving iOS universal links in mid-October. App Indexing for iOS versions 7 and 8 is now deprecated and no longer available for new integrations.”

Google’s mobile searches on Android have been displaying relevant information from Android apps for a while now.