Google releases official Gmail app for iPhone, iPad [Updated]

Google releases official Gmail app for iPhone, iPad

Google has officially announced a native Gmail app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Yes, you read that right. No, this isn't a dream. You finally -- finally -- have native Gmail, stars, labels, attachments, and all, on iOS.

[Google] has created a new Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. We’ve combined your favorite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go. It’s designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device. And it’s one more reason to switch to Gmail.

Google says Gmail for iOS has been optimized for speed, efficiency, and touch, and includes nice little iOS-nods like "pull down to refresh". It might be so good even I won't mind having two separate apps for email...

Go grab it and let us know what you think, and if you don't see it in the App Store yet, hang tight. It takes a while to propagate through Apple's servers, but it should be any time now. (One down, 4 to go, 2 months left...)

Free - App Store link

Update 1: Push notification broken, app disappointing

Looks like it's a thin app wrapper around a WebView with push notification already broken. Hopefully a fix is on the way, not to mention a major update to include features like multiple account support.

Update 2: Google pulls G

Update 2: Google has pulled the app to fix the error. If you're curious about the error, here's an explanation.

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Google releases official Gmail app for iPhone, iPad [Updated]

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Is it me or does this not have push notification. IMO its too slow, and it doesn't shrink images. or html format emails. The features are a plus but the basics suck

Is it me or does this not have push notification. IMO its too slow, and it doesn't shrink images. or html format emails. The features are a plus but the basics suck

Is it me or does this not have push notification. IMO its too slow, and it doesn't shrink images. or html format emails. The features are a plus but the basics suck

Someone forgot to register and download the distribution provisioning profile to include push permissions.
Other than that it's slow, ugly and why oh why are we getting wrapped web views getting approved? This isn't worthy of being an app

Someone forgot to register and download the distribution provisioning profile to include push permissions.
Other than that it's slow, ugly and why oh why are we getting wrapped web views getting approved? This isn't worthy of being an app

Someone forgot to register and download the distribution provisioning profile to include push permissions.
Other than that it's slow, ugly and why oh why are we getting wrapped web views getting approved? This isn't worthy of being an app

I like it and prefer to keep my personal Gmail out of my Exchange account for work. This also allows me to use a unique signature and notification sound for my work emails, and uniques for personal email as well without jailbreaking (or in the case of my 4S, this isn't even an option). Now only if they could fix the push....

I like it and prefer to keep my personal Gmail out of my Exchange account for work. This also allows me to use a unique signature and notification sound for my work emails, and uniques for personal email as well without jailbreaking (or in the case of my 4S, this isn't even an option). Now only if they could fix the push....

I like it and prefer to keep my personal Gmail out of my Exchange account for work. This also allows me to use a unique signature and notification sound for my work emails, and uniques for personal email as well without jailbreaking (or in the case of my 4S, this isn't even an option). Now only if they could fix the push....

its terrible.. no push. only 1 account. and bad UI.
add push..multiple accounts, and go back to the gmail blue!!
funny thing..those who cant find it in the app store..search for gmail and go down to about 50! u will find it there! ;)

its terrible.. no push. only 1 account. and bad UI.
add push..multiple accounts, and go back to the gmail blue!!
funny thing..those who cant find it in the app store..search for gmail and go down to about 50! u will find it there! ;)

its terrible.. no push. only 1 account. and bad UI.
add push..multiple accounts, and go back to the gmail blue!!
funny thing..those who cant find it in the app store..search for gmail and go down to about 50! u will find it there! ;)

Just like Android, this is another half-baked, cobbled together app from Google. Perhaps Google emps are spending too much time in their sleep pods.

Yes, that's how I've always had Gmail setup. But that misses the point. There's no labeling, no "Mark as Spam" -- none of the features of Gmail. Plus it will be nice to have my personal email (Gmail) separate from my work email (Exchange). As someone else already mentioned, this will allow you to have distinct notification tones for work and personal email, too. Much needed, IMO.

As somebody who adores labels and conversations in gmail, I was really, REALLY looking forward to this app. And, honestly, it has some points I really like -- unlike some others, I like this UI. Since I do not use multiple accounts on my iPhone, I could see myself using this instead of mail.app.
However, the Notification Error is inexcusably shoddy, and the resultant lack of push notifications is a deal-breaker. Hopefully, this will be revealed as an easily correctable brain fart in build/deployment, and an update will be pushed quickly.

As somebody who adores labels and conversations in gmail, I was really, REALLY looking forward to this app. And, honestly, it has some points I really like -- unlike some others, I like this UI. Since I do not use multiple accounts on my iPhone, I could see myself using this instead of mail.app.
However, the Notification Error is inexcusably shoddy, and the resultant lack of push notifications is a deal-breaker. Hopefully, this will be revealed as an easily correctable brain fart in build/deployment, and an update will be pushed quickly.

It seems no one sees that they have mobile web app of gmail in web wrapper. I'm not considering this as a native app :)

It seems no one sees that they have mobile web app of gmail in web wrapper. I'm not considering this as a native app :)

once you select a message the Below option bar or menu bar is bit lower an cant be seen properly hence you cannot tap it properly. looks a bit buggy ! May be they will fix this bug too Gmail app review

"The item you trierd to buy is no longer available." Is this an error due to it seeing a lot of traffic or has google pulled it because of the negative response?

  1. There are Send/Save buttons at the top and bottom.
  2. They have acknowledged its a bad build and are currently fixing it.
  3. I get html emails when I use it
  4. Same implementation as the web app, and when they fix push...way more functional.

Has anyone mentioned that it gives you an error when you open it yet? Geez.
This is a great start to a sorely needed app. I'm sure Google will have it fixed soon. We've waited this long. Another day or two won't hurt.

I use google apps for work including mail and calendaring. How do I sync the calendar if I am using this instead of the "Exchange" setup for Google?

I'll use it if it works with my schools google hosted email address, can't get it work on the iphone or ipad.

Well, yeah...but It's mail that does some things just flat-out better. The best example is probably Labels, which are much better and more flexible than folders. The regular iOS Mail.app was never designed to handle these features, so of course it cannot handle them well.
If what gmail does differently does not matter to you -- or you actively dislike gmail's differences -- then of course the native iOS Mail.app is more than enough, and you should proceed to the next article. For those of us who like gmail's distinctive feature set, however, a solid native app would be welcomed.
And there are a lot of us, which is why this disappointing release has generated this much noise.

Just use Google's Exchange with the native mail app. It syncs flawlessly, and you know iOS' mail app will always work. If you need to "star" something, just move it to the Star folder.
Is it perfect? No... but it'll be a looooong time before Google puts a quality Gmail app on iOS.

Though TIPB typically has amusing content their commenting system is flawed. I added a comment to this article that the app had been pulled and the resulting comment never made it to the comment stream then all of a sudden it the article is updated to reflect that it was pulled for bug fixes. Way to farm the comments to make yourself look informed and on top of things.

Though TIPB typically has amusing content their commenting system is flawed. I added a comment to this article that the app had been pulled and the resulting comment never made it to the comment stream then all of a sudden it the article is updated to reflect that it was pulled for bug fixes. Way to farm the comments to make yourself look informed and on top of things.

Though TIPB typically has amusing content their commenting system is flawed. I added a comment to this article that the app had been pulled and the resulting comment never made it to the comment stream then all of a sudden it the article is updated to reflect that it was pulled for bug fixes. Way to farm the comments to make yourself look informed and on top of things.

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