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Google Announces iOS App Update with Native YouTube Support

By January 6, 2017 June 26th, 2019 No Comments

The Google iOS app has received an update in the New Year. Native YouTube support is one of the main attractions of the new version 22.0 of the app. The search engine now gives more reasons for its iOS users to download its app.

New Additions

Some of the most important new additions to the Google app are as following:

  • Native YouTube Support: You can now watch videos from YouTube within the app. There is no longer any need to open a web page or use the YouTube app.
  • Changes to Restaurant Search: There is a new ‘menu’ within Knowledge Graph cards against restaurants. Just tap on the menu and it loads within the iOS app. It doesn’t take you to a new page.
  • Built-in Gboard: Now you can also switch to the Gboard as your keyboard. There is no need for installing or using any other keyboard.
  • Hotel Search: A search for hotels will show you booking information and rates within the respective Knowledge Graph.


The new Google Gboard keyboard can be accessed by using the following steps:

  • Tap on Settings
  • Open General
  • Open Keyboard
  • Open Keyboards
  • Add New Keyboard
  • Choose Google

Just update the Google iOS app on your phone and you will be able to use Gboard. There is no longer any need to deal with the Google and Gboard app separately.

Watch YouTube Videos

When your search returns a number of YouTube videos, jus tap on any one of them. The video will load itself within the native YouTube player. However, if you choose videos from within the ‘videos’ tab, they will open out in YouTube app and not within the Google app. So the new change is applicable only to the video cards appearing on the front page.

The latest update to the Google app for iOS has already rolled out in most countries. With the new and better search capabilities, you can get a better search experience from within the app. This will also affect how businesses optimise their pages and videos for Google. Thus, it is time to adapt your SEO strategies to the latest changes.

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