Google readying native iPhone Gmail app?

MG Siegler, blogging on his own parislemon site says multiple sources are telling him that the stars have finally aligned for a native Gmail iPhone app>

Perhaps the biggest issue with using Gmail through the iPhone’s native mail client is that Gmail is not Push-enabled. Yes, you can hack it to work through Exchange, but then you lose other functionality, such as the ability to star messages via flags. The native Gmail app will likely bring other key functionality as well: like Priority Inbox and one-click starring of messages. Other possibilities include some of the stuff Google is about to roll out for Gmail proper: like contact icons, better threading, and deep searching functionality. Maybe there will even be some Google+ integration, which Google is also hard at work on for Gmail.

While Google's Gmail has handy features, they've never made it play nicely enough with regular IMAP or Exchange mail to have Stars translate to Flags, and Labels to efficiently correlate the Folders. Because of this, Android has annoyed me for years by having separate mail apps for standard email and for Gmail. A real unified inbox across multiple accounts, Gmail and non-Gmail alike is compelling. For power Gmail users, however, a native iOS Gmail app is likely even more compelling.

Let's see how well Google can pull it off.

Source parislemon

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Google readying native iPhone Gmail app?

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If that is the case, then I hope Google releases an official Gmail app sooner rather than later. It's been a long time waiting!

Yea, it would be great to have Google talk. Reader? I guess, but I'm not going to eat up my battery reading RSS feeds. I'd rather do that watching porn. LOL!!!!!

It would really be great if Google did this, but why would they be this cooperative with Apple? One would have to wonder what's really in it for them. I'm happy to get my Gmail through Exchange as it is if they don't do this but if they did, I'd use it. Would you?

Coming from an Android phone to the iPhone 4S, I really miss my gmail app. It just works better.

Want it. I love the gmail app on my transformer tablet and miss it on my iPhone 4. Now all they need is a powerful, native Windows client for my desktop. I thought I would like Gmail Offline on my desktop (because it is nearly identical to the mobile app), but it turns out I have higher expectations of the things I should be able to do with a desktop client. But by all means Gmail, native clients everywhere.

Want it. I love the gmail app on my transformer tablet and miss it on my iPhone 4. Now all they need is a powerful, native Windows client for my desktop. I thought I would like Gmail Offline on my desktop (because it is nearly identical to the mobile app), but it turns out I have higher expectations of the things I should be able to do with a desktop client. But by all means Gmail, native clients everywhere.

I'm not sure what the point of this is when you're using gmail via exchange to pull contacts and calendars in addition to email. Unless Google were to give us google sync like on Android (HIGHLY unlikely I'd say) this will just be an official version of the webapp with some tweaks. I love my iphone and I love my google services but I feel like its handled the best way it can be for my use already.

I'm not sure what the point of this is when you're using gmail via exchange to pull contacts and calendars in addition to email. Unless Google were to give us google sync like on Android (HIGHLY unlikely I'd say) this will just be an official version of the webapp with some tweaks. I love my iphone and I love my google services but I feel like its handled the best way it can be for my use already.

I agree, Just set up gmail as an exchange account, and you get your emails to your gmail account pushed to your iphone.
However, if there was a feature in this app that added multiple signatures for sending emails from your multiple gmail accounts, I will buy this as soon as it is released. Not having multiple signatures supported by iOS is absurd!

@gummycat, That link is all for setting up multiple email accounts, specifically gmail accounts, that you can then use to send emails from. What I want is the ability to have an account say 1 of my gmail accounts that is used for business to have a specific signature at the end of the email aside from "Sent from my Iphone". And also have an account say a second gmail account that does say "Sent from my Iphone". I could set up different signatures for my different email accounts on my palm pre-. Actually can anybody tell me if ANY new phone does not have the ability to set account specific signatures, or is the iphone the only current new phone that does not have this ability?

@gummycat, That link is all for setting up multiple email accounts, specifically gmail accounts, that you can then use to send emails from. What I want is the ability to have an account say 1 of my gmail accounts that is used for business to have a specific signature at the end of the email aside from "Sent from my Iphone". And also have an account say a second gmail account that does say "Sent from my Iphone". I could set up different signatures for my different email accounts on my palm pre-. Actually can anybody tell me if ANY new phone does not have the ability to set account specific signatures, or is the iphone the only current new phone that does not have this ability?

This is great news (if true)! Been using mobile Gmail through Safari, and it work really well, but would rather have an actual app which would hopefully be more responsive.
In addition, mobile Gmail doesn't allow pinch-to-zoom on HTML emails, which really makes it a pain to read those (I switch over to mail.app to read HTML emails most of the time).