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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jclisenby says:

And it doesn't work! Google didn't code the push api in correctly so there's no push!

jclisenby says:

And it doesn't work! Google didn't code the push api in correctly so there's no push!

ankitgada says:

I searched in app store ... couldn't see it still

ankitgada says:

I searched in app store ... couldn't see it still

Steven says:

It's not working. There is an error on launch of application.

Steven says:

It's not working. There is an error on launch of application.

Eliang87 says:

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

Eliang87 says:

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

Eliang87 says:

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

Richard Hyland says:

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

Richard Hyland says:

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

Richard Hyland says:

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

wormeyman says:

I'm pretty excited it is a good start too bad it is only a wrapper, and i get an error everytime i launch it.
example: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10314275/forum-pics/gmail-iphone-is-broken.jpg

acwyau says:

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....

acwyau says:

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....

acwyau says:

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....

ckalli says:

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! ;)

ckalli says:

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! ;)

ckalli says:

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! ;)

Gg says:

Add me to the notification error on launch

Gg says:

Add me to the notification error on launch

Gg says:

Add me to the notification error on launch

Guest says:

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.

Ahmad Tawakol says:

You can already get push notifications with the native Mail app, here's how: http://blog.ahmadtawakol.com/post/12245546065/how-to-get-push-notificati...

Paul says:

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.

cardfan says:

Doesn't sound needed..

Aaron Feyd says:

As ugly as their new shell for the online version. At this point even yahoo looks more sophisticated.

Aaron Feyd says:

As ugly as their new shell for the online version. At this point even yahoo looks more sophisticated.

cardfan says:

Don't need it. Iphone has an email app.

cardfan says:

Don't need it. Iphone has an email app.

Dev says:

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.

Dev says:

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.

Neilsalazar33 says:

Downloaded it, got the error, ....deleted it (seriously)

Neilsalazar33 says:

Downloaded it, got the error, ....deleted it (seriously)

Nikola says:

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 :)

Nikola says:

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 :)

F.J.K™ says:

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

Hegemone says:

Its been removed from the app store "the item you tried to buy is no longer available"

Jonatan Karter says:

RIGHT! GOT AN ERROR MESSAGE RIGHT OFF THE GET GO! WAY TO GO GOOGLE.

Dev says:

A post from Dave Girouard at Google:
"Googla culpa!
Sorry but we pushed a bad version of our iOS app for Gmail. More info shortly - we're working on it."
https://plus.google.com/100940716892313727285/posts/4aPVQTj9jyL

tmeyn says:

The item you tried to buy is no longer available.

Hopie says:

"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?

acwyau says:
  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.
Paul says:

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.

mw says:

classic Google app: functional but fugly.

robertpetry says:

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?

Kaknab says:

not available in all countries :(

dloveprod says:

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

Dev says:

Sparrow weighed in:
http://twitter.com/#!/sparrowmailapp/status/131777712258945024
I dont use sparrow's mac desktop client, but it shows enough polish that their iOS version might be a worthy native gmail client upon release.

Dev says:

Sparrow weighed in:
http://twitter.com/#!/sparrowmailapp/status/131777712258945024
I dont use sparrow's mac desktop client, but it shows enough polish that their iOS version might be a worthy native gmail client upon release.

fastlane says:

Gmail is taken way too seriously.
It's mail.

fastlane says:

Gmail is taken way too seriously.
It's mail.

Dev says:

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.

Adam Hunter says:

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.

Hegemone says:

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.

Hegemone says:

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.

Hegemone says:

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.

Giet says:

They REALLY love wrapping websites and not making good apps.

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