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  • Google Rumored To Release Native iOS Gmail App Soon


    The App Store has been around for more than three years now and Google is finally on the verge of releasing a native iOS app for its Gmail service, according to a new report. M.G. Seigler noted in a recent blog post that “multiple sources” have told him the launch of the application is imminent and should be released in the near future, with belief of passing Apple’s app review.

    Seigler continued to discuss how the app looks “pretty fantastic…perhaps even surprisingly so.” One of the key features that this app would provide is the addition of push notifications for the email service. Other features are likely to include Priority Inbox and one-click starring of messages according to him. It was also speculated that upcoming Gmail features such as “contact icons, better threading, deep search functionality,” and even Google+ integration seem likely to make their way into the iOS application.

    Even though Apple’s App Store has been around since 2008, Google has stuck to using a web interface for Gmail on the iOS platform. The native Mail app found in the iOS platform has supported Gmail accounts for several years now but it seems to lack the number of features that Google offers via the web app. There has been a number of reasons that the Gmail app has been delayed. It was previously suggested that Apple was blocking third-party mail apps to avoid confusion with the native Mail app. Google also seems to favor web apps for its services, which could be another reason. Furthermore, there has been friction between Apple and Google over the Android operating system, which has been claimed to be another reason for the delay. In the recently released biography of Steve Jobs, he even vowed to “destroy Android” after HTC released an Android smartphone that he felt stole Apple’s innovations. All of which are pretty good reasons in hindsight for not wanting to implement the native iOS app (in some sense).

    None the less, the Gmail app seems to be ready and on the verge of pending acceptance into the App Store. It seems that Apple and Google are finally trying to cooperate or at the very least, putting consumer convenience ahead of constant rivalry. Is it something you think you’ll be using? Are you excited for the release? Share your thoughts and comments below!

    Source: ParisLemon (M.G Seigler's Blog)
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Rumored To Release Native iOS Gmal App Soon started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 26 Comments
    1. Mlitz69's Avatar
      Mlitz69 -
      I'd rather just use the native mail app as it supports gmail already
    1. emerica6708's Avatar
      emerica6708 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mlitz69 View Post
      I'd rather just use the native mail app as it supports gmail already
      Definitely, and you can get push for gmail by setting it up as an exchange account.
    1. ActionMax09's Avatar
      ActionMax09 -
      This app better have something out of this world or nobody will download it. The native mail app already supports gmail and does extremely good for It a swell, I don't see many people doing the transition...
    1. Stumbows's Avatar
      Stumbows -
      I'd be really interested in this if it supports their Google Apps accounts as I have my own domain hosted by a Google Apps server for my mail and would love full integration with that.
    1. Mr. Russian's Avatar
      Mr. Russian -
      I use yahoo so I don't care.
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by emerica6708 View Post
      Definitely, and you can get push for gmail by setting it up as an exchange account.
      I've set it up normally and I get Push email
    1. Lombardo Joe's Avatar
      Lombardo Joe -
      I feel like I may be missing the point here. With Gmail being supported in the native app (as people have stated), what use would this be? Let's hope the features are ballin'.
    1. dfheje's Avatar
      dfheje -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      I've set it up normally and I get Push email
      You get actual push? What iOS?
      For me, phone just vibrates..
    1. seaeagle's Avatar
      seaeagle -
      What a waste of time. iPhone has gmail and push. Get osx Lion if you need a good email client.
    1. krosis's Avatar
      krosis -
      Quote Originally Posted by emerica6708 View Post
      Definitely, and you can get push for gmail by setting it up as an exchange account.
      Then you loose the ability to delete mail (it just gets archived).

      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      I've set it up normally and I get Push email
      That shouldn't be possible, would you mind posting a screenshot?

      I personally have exchange sync for push, and added the account a second time on IMAP for deleting messages. I sure wouldn't mind an interface that allows me to properly manage a gmail inbox that isn't as slow as the web app.
    1. n0m0n's Avatar
      n0m0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by emerica6708 View Post
      Definitely, and you can get push for gmail by setting it up as an exchange account.
      How I am not getting push at all, so I went back tot he standard iMAP setup.
      Thanks
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by krosis View Post
      That shouldn't be possible, would you mind posting a screenshot?

      I personally have exchange sync for push, and added the account a second time on IMAP for deleting messages. I sure wouldn't mind an interface that allows me to properly manage a gmail inbox that isn't as slow as the web app.
      I don't understand what you mean lol.

      I just added Gmail using the Gmail option in mail. It does everything like a normal mail app, move messages, archive, delete, view folders etc and it's instant, Push email. I use Exchange for Hotmail, thats it. I'm on iOS 4.0.1 I think, iPhone 4.
    1. homelessz's Avatar
      homelessz -
      Quote Originally Posted by MetallicaFan1991 View Post
      I don't understand what you mean lol.

      I just added Gmail using the Gmail option in mail. It does everything like a normal mail app, move messages, archive, delete, view folders etc and it's instant, Push email. I use Exchange for Hotmail, thats it. I'm on iOS 4.0.1 I think, iPhone 4.
      I think people don't understand what you mean. Because adding gmail using Gmail option just won't push incoming mail. Would you mind to share If you have managed it to work.
    1. Imahottguy's Avatar
      Imahottguy -
      I would like to see what google offers for an app, only if it is universal. Also, anyone who is able to get gmail to push via exchange setup: what's the trick? I followed the iOS guide on googles' support site, and it checks out in the Settings.app, but I always get "Cannot get mail. The connection to the server failed." I've started a ticket on their site, but it was never followed up on. I really want it to work, any advice fellow gmail pushers?
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I get new Gmail message notifications with elert. I don't know if thats considered "push" or not though.
    1. pete.heat's Avatar
      pete.heat -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Russian View Post
      I use yahoo so I don't care.
      russian and you use yahoo.

      everything about you is outdated then.

      ugh, with a side of ugh.
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mlitz69 View Post
      I'd rather just use the native mail app as it supports gmail already
      there is some things missing using the IMAP protocol. Trash is actually ARCHIVE so even if its gone from your inbox, it will still be in your email. Also, you do not push your other folders so if you want to find a sent message, there is a lot to load if you are a heavy email user.
    1. Bigmaxx2000's Avatar
      Bigmaxx2000 -
      If you add gmail as an exchange setup, it will indeed push email along with contacts and calendars to your iOS device. I've been doing this for a few years. My emails are instantaneous and I have no issues deleting mail.
    1. Keytonic's Avatar
      Keytonic -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Russian View Post
      I use yahoo so I don't care.
      Cared enuf to post jackass
    1. codester3388's Avatar
      codester3388 -
      The Exchange account version is still not that great. Sure it pushes instantly but any exchange account uses more battery. It always has. If Apple would just add IMAP Idle then we could get Push but its Apple...

      The contacts feature I stay away from since Google can't keep your contact pictures full size when it syncs them. It lowers the quality down to like 100x100 which is small and then syncs those tiny pics back. When somebody calls it won't be a full screen pic anymore.