Unlike other home apps, Google’s browser has historically followed a strict and publicized six-week release cycle. After being out of updates for the past four months, a new version of Chrome for iPhone and iPad is now rolling out.
In February, Google started rolling out new app updates on iOS again, and the cadence got back into business last month. Chrome, however, has been delayed a bit and skipped version 88 (January) and 89 (March) entirely.
Today’s update is still Chrome 87.0.4280.163 and is primarily focused on bug fixes, although no major issues have cropped up since the last version in November. Version 90 of the browser for all platforms is due next week, and Chrome will catch up with new features at that time. For example, Google has been testing Touch / Face ID to protect open incognito tabs.
There were some tweaks to the app’s privacy label that Chrome added in the last few weeks. In the “Data linked to you” section, “Application functionality” now includes your “Name”. This is because Google Pay in Chrome requires that detail to complete a transaction. Meanwhile, “Crash Data” and “Customer Support” move to the “Not Linked to You” section.
As demonstrated by those changes, Google says that it will “periodically assess our data needs to ensure that we only collect the data necessary to provide and develop useful products and features,” while remembering that the privacy labels for applications “represent the categories maximum data that could be collected. ” Actual data collection depends on what features, such as Chrome Sync for password management and bookmarks, are enabled by end users.
This Chrome update is rolling out now for iPhone and iPad users through the App Store.
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