Google app gets incognito mode, YouTube playback in seach

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Incognito mode inside the Google app.
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Google today rolled out a big update for its official iOS app, adding the ability to activate incognito mode, support for YouTube playback within search results, and more. The release makes the Google app “more private, video-friendly and stable,” the company says.

Sometimes you want to search Google for things that no one else needs to know about. Now you can without fear of them popping up in your search history. Simply activate the new incognito mode inside the settings menu and your search and browsing history won’t be saved.

For added security, you can enable Touch ID for incognito mode, which means that if you exit the Google app without ending your incognito session, only you can re-enter it and see your search results.

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Activating incognito mode.
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Google has also added the ability to watch YouTube videos right inside search. This prevents you from having to be redirected to another webpage or another app, and makes the video experience much more seamless.

Finally, there are some nice improvements under the hood which make the Google app “twice as reliable and less likely to crash,” Google says.

You can download the latest version of the Google app from the App Store now.