Google’s app for iOS has just been updated, and unlike previous upgrade occasions, today’s version brings some interesting new features to the table.
One of the most additions that you can immediately see the effect of is the support for fast-loading Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) pages to the app. This launch was previously teased by Google, following universal AMP integration into Google News and Search earlier in 2016, at its I/O developer conference at the beginning of May.
Just like on those services, the AMP pages can be found by looking for the little lightning bolt icon next to an article. With the new update, Google says that the app loads 10 percent faster.
If you’re not impressed and you think you probably won’t even notice the change, Google decided to awe you properly with some statistic. “Whether you can notice the difference or not, these small improvements will save app users a combined 6.5 million hours this year,” the tech company wrote in its latest announcement.
“Each time you open the app or do a search, everything will load just a bit quicker,” wrote Tamar Yehoshua, vice president of product management, in a blog post.
With the help of Now Cards, iOS users can watch sports highlight videos, and if they use a keyboard with their iPad, Google has also enabled keyboard shortcuts in the app.
For users who are neither an iPad owner nor a sports fan, these updates don’t seem all that exciting. But the new feature Google added shines some light on a recent addition to Google’s local search.
Local search results now feature instant information for the busiest hours for restaurants, shops, and other businesses that have appeared on the search results page. Before the update, this info was visible only if you tapped on the result to expand it, and because of this extra step, many people probably didn’t know it existed.
But more than the feeling that you navigate faster within the app, Google has also brought its AMP to some news articles that appear in search; thanks to the update, they will load pretty much instantly.
The latest version of Google for iOS can be downloaded now from the App Store.
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