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Following the completed rollout of App Privacy labels for its App Store apps, Google today updated the Google Maps app for the first time in four months.

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Apple in December began requiring all new app submissions and app updates to include App Privacy labels, detailing the data that is collected by the app so consumers know what they're sharing.

Google didn't begin implementing App Privacy labels until February, and Google apps went several months without an update. Gmail, in fact, went so long without updating that it started giving users a warning that it was out of date, but no update was available.

Google Maps was updated with App Privacy labels in early April, and alongside Google Photos, it was one of the last apps to get the data collection details.

Now that Google Maps is compliant with the App Store rules, Google is once again able to update it. Today's version 5.65 refresh is minor in scale, offering bug fixes that improve the Google Maps app, but Google is now free to add additional features going forward.

Article Link: Google Maps App for iOS Finally Updated After Four Months
 

WoodpeckerBaby

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The Chinese apps don’t have this problem because almost all Chinese apps are like web apps in another super app, which are bigger than Apple in China. So, Apple is not in a position to have “rules”. If one of those super apps pull out of iOS, then Apple would sell zero iPhones in China.
 
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MacinMan

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Google's business model has never bothered me when it comes to selling info to better target ads, or provide better info for searches, etc. What makes it wrong is the fact there are people out there who will take advantage of the technology and use it in bad ways. Not saying there aren't such people at Google itself, either. I'm just saying the idea in itself isn't bad. I do agree that Google and other companies who do this though, need to be transparent, and give the use the the choice. I think this is what Apple is advocating as well, with the tracking features they have been implementing in the OS as well as the browser.
 
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Meanwhile, Apple Maps for Android is... non-existent.

Not that there is even any reason for Apple Maps for Android to exist*. Google has really infiltrated so many areas of our lives that makes more sense for it to be on Apple devices moreso than the opposite.

*Edit: Or maybe there is. Are there people who go from Apple to Android and really wish they had Apple Maps (saved locations, preferences, UX, etc.)?
 
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Why would a Google update be in any way relevant to an iOS release?
Because sometimes Apple releases app updates way after the developer actually releases the update. And they sometimes update apps before an update so the device is ready for the update. It always says to make sure all your apps are updated before installing a Software Update.
 
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MacinMan

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Meanwhile, Apple Maps for Android is... non-existent.

Not that there is even any reason for Apple Maps for Android to exist*. Google has really infiltrated so many areas of our lives that makes more sense for it to be on Apple devices moreso than the opposite.

*Edit: Or maybe there is. Are there people who go from Apple to Android and really wish they had Apple Maps (saved locations, preferences, UX, etc.)?
I don't use maps all that often, either Apple, or Google. From what I've heard in passing though, is Google maps is still superior to apple when it comes to location accuracy and other features. I know when I take an uber rider, they usually use Wayz or Google. I'm not sure if that's spelled Ways, or Wayze. Either way I have heard it's owned by Google as well.
 
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I don't use maps all that often, either Apple, or Google. From what I've heard in passing though, is Google maps is still superior to apple when it comes to location accuracy and other features. I know when I take an uber rider, they usually use Wayz or Google. I'm not sure if that's spelled Ways, or Wayze. Either way I have heard it's owned by Google as well.

It is spelt Waze. 🖐
 
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Because sometimes Apple releases app updates way after the developer actually releases the update. And they sometimes update apps before an update so the device is ready for the update. It always says to make sure all your apps are updated before installing a Software Update.

That makes no sense whatsoever.
 
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Will be interesting if Google Maps gets updated with the 'Waze" reporting system that Apple Maps is going to receive in ios 14.5. For many that is the reason they use Waze and why Apple Maps is incorporating this feature.
 
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