Well, this arrived out of nowhere. Yesterday we read reports saying that a native Gmail app was headed to the iOS App Store for approval, but we didn’t think it would arrive so soon. Alas, the app is now available for all, allowing users with an iPad, iPhone and iPod touch to experience Gmail’s goodness without having to run through Apple’s native mail app. Here is a rundown of the features:
- Receive notification badges for new messages
- Read your mail with threaded conversations
- Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
- Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
- Auto-complete contact names as you type
- Send and receive attachments
- Search through all your mail
After you download, let us know how it runs.
Update: It appears the Gmail app wasn’t quite ready for primetime. Just a few hours after being released, the app has been pulled from the iOS App Store because of a notification bug. Here’s what Google had to say on the matter:
Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening 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.