Google iOS App Gets Speed Bump, Sports Highlights

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Google is giving its iOS app a major speed and sports boost.

The Web giant on Friday announced that it has cut down load times and updated the app with sports highlights.

Now, every time you open the app or run a search, "everything will load just a bit quicker," Vice President of Product Management Tamar Yehoshua wrote in a blog post. "Whether you can notice the difference or not, these small improvements will save app users a combined 6.5 million hours this year."

Articles should also load faster than ever. Google is bringing Accelerated Mobile Pages to its iOS app so "news articles from a vast array of publishers will load instantly for your reading pleasure," Yehoshua wrote. Keep an eye out for the lightning bolt and "AMP" next to articles in the "Top Stories" section of your search results for quicker access to stories.

Finally, Google is making it easier to keep track of sports events like the NBA and NHL playoffs, and the upcoming Olympics. You can now watch sports highlights right in your Now cards. When you get a card with a sports highlight, just tap the play button watch it right from the app.

"Whether you're searching for news from around the world or video playbacks from your favorite sports team, the Google app's got you covered, faster," Yehoshua wrote.

Meanwhile on the Google app front, the Web giant recently brought its search feature right to your iPhone keyboard with a new iOS app called Gboard. The app lets you search and send information, emoji, and GIFs right from your keyboard and works in any app, so you can use it anywhere on your phone.

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