It is official folks! Google has indeed launched a native Gmail app for iOS devices, as it was stated by TechCrunch writer M.G Siegler yesterday. The official Gmail app for iPhone and iPad is now live on the App Store and you can download it for free. iOS users had all the other native Google apps, but the one thing that was missing from the list was this and now it’s finally here.
The Gmail App, according to me, has been better developed than the Google + app and it works and looks great while showing your unread emails and such. As soon as I fired up the app, there popped an error message stating “no valid aps-environment entitlement string found”, which did not harm me in any way, but did startle me for like a second or two. Google decided to stick with the black and white appeal for this app too, and it works quite well, expect for the part where I couldn’t really notice the buttons.
It’s fast, easy to navigate around, looks good and is really smooth, although I do believe that the stock iOS mail app is simpler. It has push notifications and alerts, specifically designed for iOS 5. You can attach photos directly while writing an email, by using the attach button, a feature that wasn’t available in the stock iOS mail app. The view of this app is better on the iPad, with the ability to see all your emails and navigate all on one page, you can also read emails in threaded view. Pull down to refresh is also something new in the Gmail App for iPhone and iPad. Check out some screenshots below:
The Gmail app then, is certainly better than the stock app on your iOS device, but would you really replace the latter? The Gmail app can only show your Gmail inbox, whereas the Mail app in iOS can be configured to deliver email from various services. But, as a Gmail only app this is certainly a must have.
Download Gmail App for iPhone and iPad.
UPDATE: If you just tried to download and try this app, you must’ve been greeted with an error saying that it cannot be found in the App Store. Well, apparently, after some time of use, the Gmail App started giving some problems, such as the push notifications don’t work, there’s no option for multiple logins etc. Hence, Google has removed it from the App Store and soon will replace it with a better working app.
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