Gmail for iOS now opens YouTube, Chrome and Maps links in native apps

Google has rolled out a neat update for its Gmail app for iOS, which ties the app in with some of the other applications within its ecosystem.

Now when the user clicks links to YouTube clips, Google Maps and regular old URLs, they will now open within the respective apps rather than a browser window within the Gmail app.

The new version app makes it easy for users to get back to Gmail, by adding a button within the opened Chrome, YouTube or Google Maps link.

Users are able to turn the new functionality on and off within the settings, but few users are likely to be doing that as its a much better way for users to view content in its native home.

It’s not a massive update, but it’s certainly a neat way for Google to interlink its apps within the iOS ecosystem.

Apple has made a strong effort to minimalise Google’s presence on its flagship device in recent times after ditching Google Maps and YouTube from iOS 6.

However, Google has worked hard to strengthen its presence on the platform with standalone apps and greatly improved Search app which now includes the popular Google Now personal assistant.

All of these services may soon be joined by the rumoured multi-platform messaging application, Google Babel which could arrive as soon as Google I/O next month.

All of these launches beg the question: Is the iPhone the best ‘Google smartphone’ money can buy?

Via The Verge

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