For iDevice users with Gmail accounts, today is your lucky day. On Wednesday, Google (finally) released its official Gmail app for the full iDevice line - iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
In a blog post on the official Google Mobile Blog, Matthew Izatt, Product Manager for Google, makes the long-awaited Gmail app sound pretty nifty. "Weíve combined your favorite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go," Izatt writes. "Itís designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device. And itís one more reason to switch to Gmail."
Based on the features teased, Google is obviously concerned with speed, as the people behind Gmail reveal that "We want to give you the information you need quickly, with minimal effort and distraction."
The features advertised include:
- Get alerted to new messages with push notifications and sounds
- Find an email in seconds with search across your entire inbox
- Autocomplete email addresses from your Gmail contacts or select from your deviceís address book
- Upload photos with a click using the new attachment button in compose view
- On iPad, navigate your inbox and read your mail simultaneously with split view
The app has temporarily been pulled by Google due to a bug. "Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app," Google says of the app. "We've removed the app while we correct the problem, and we're working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who's already installed the app can continue to use it."