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  • Google Finally Rolls Out Long Awaited Gmail App for Apple Devices (Update)


    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

    To get the app, click here (iTunes Link).

    UPDATE

    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."


    Source: Google
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Google Finally Rolls Out Long Awaited Gmail App for Apple Devices started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 30 Comments
    1. jjustme's Avatar
      jjustme -
      Looking forward to it, it's been pulled though, something to do with breaking notifications?
    1. jozef's Avatar
      jozef -
      Not currently available in Canadian Appstore. Will have to wait. Dang.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      This will likely replace my mail app, assuming it gets to working as intended.
    1. Treeml's Avatar
      Treeml -
      it's not on the Australian app store ATM.
    1. ZXMustang's Avatar
      ZXMustang -
      Its not in the US app store either.
    1. bleucrayonz's Avatar
      bleucrayonz -
      meh... ill just stick to my native mail.app.... having this would be cool, but its just another step just to get to your emails, whereas the native app, you have ALL your email accounts.
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      UPDATE 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."
      Some people really need to learn to read the FULL article. Also, when something says "(UPDATE)" right in the title that's a hint that more was added, generally a the end...
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      How did Apple miss that bug?
    1. Daerid's Avatar
      Daerid -
      Not here.
    1. Amadomon's Avatar
      Amadomon -
      This could never replace the native app for me, even though I'm a longtime gmail enthusiast. I have 3 email accounts on my phone, only one of which is Gmail, and I'm not gonna have more than one mail app on my phone.
    1. Treeml's Avatar
      Treeml -
      Some people read the article before the *update was posted. Some people need think before they post.
    1. iTouch-Warrior's Avatar
      iTouch-Warrior -
      Quote Originally Posted by The6uest View Post
      How did Apple miss that bug?
      Easy, Apple always "misses" the bugs of big name brands/developers such as Google. Besides, some of those big name guys find a way to get away with breaking some of Apple's rules...Skinemax or Playboy for iPad anyone?
    1. littlelisa63's Avatar
      littlelisa63 -
      not available in uk yet
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Yeah I don't really see the need for this. I have 2 e-mail accounts on my phone (personal and work) and while both are Gmail (Google Apps for the work e-mail) I don't really think I would want to have to go through a separate app to get my mail.

      And what about all the other stuff in iOS with "e-mail" buttons, would that also integrate with this app? Such as if I click the button in Grocery Gadget to e-mail the developers. Would that open this Gmail app or the stock mail app? I'm betting the stock mail app. What if I want to e-mail a photo from my Camera Roll? I open the photo, tap the icon at the lower left, and click the E-mail Photo button. What app does it open? Once again I'm betting the stock mail app.

      If it doesn't integrate with * E V E R Y T H I N G * in iOS then it's really not worth it IMHO.
    1. tabaks's Avatar
      tabaks -
      Lol! Just what I expected.
    1. rabbit_'s Avatar
      rabbit_ -
      Was out in uk app store has been pulled I got it before it was pulled and what I can see I stick to apples mail client
    1. rickuk's Avatar
      rickuk -
      Any idea if this works with 3rd party authentication? Our Google Apps role out uses its own servers without SMTP for authentication., which doesn't work on the standard email app, and I don't trust out IT department not to wipe my phone on a whim!
    1. scroogelives's Avatar
      scroogelives -
      Google will want people to use the app to get people viewing the ad's cause people like that use the iPhone mail app haven't been to the google site in months last time was to change a password!!
    1. delusion950's Avatar
      delusion950 -
      Google's Gmail is already built in the Choices for MAIL App in iOS why would they release their own app?

      Extra app on iDevices takes up unnecessary space
    1. smonme's Avatar
      smonme -
      Quote Originally Posted by delusion950 View Post
      Google's Gmail is already built in the Choices for MAIL App in iOS why would they release their own app?


      Extra app on iDevices takes up unnecessary space
      Exactly, unless it offers improved contact/calendar/email sync, I would say it isn't worth the download, seeing as exchange mail on ios does it all ...