Google has halted updates to more than a hundred of its apps in the Apple Store in the past month, a report on the Fast Company website claimed yesterday . According to the site, the latest updates were released in the first week of December, including Maps and Gmail on the 1st of the month, Pay on the 3rd of the month, and then on the 7th of the month a wave of additional apps including Docs, Sheets, YouTube and others.
The latest wave is reportedly not coincidental: this is the last day it was possible to update apps in an Apple store without adding private labels to their pages. This is a procedure that Apple announced in November, and which requires any developer who wants to upload a new application to their store, or update an existing application, to list on its page all the types of information it collects about the user and why this information is used.
TechCrunch site, however, Toe by Nim that reporting may not correct: they say, according to company data monitoring Sensor Tower apps, Google also just updated the Slides and Socratic (app help students with homework solution) after the deadline in question. Also, a TGspot review shows that most of the apps mentioned were updated in the Google Play Store itself on the exact same days as they were updated in the Apple Store, and almost none of them were updated afterwards.
On the other hand, the site also noted that neither of the two updated apps has the information now required by Apple, and hinted that there may well be a confidentiality agreement between the companies that allows Google to stretch the boundaries and hide its collection of information from users until later.
Google, for its part, chose not to comment on the first article, and in response to the second article ignored the content of the allegations and only noted that its apps in the Apple store are expected to receive a wave of updates starting this week or next.