Earlier this month Google finally released a native Gmail application for iOS, downloadable through Apple’s App Store. The app was… well, okay, the best way I can describe it is, you know when you’re really hungry, go to a restaurant, order your favorite food on the menu and then when you actually get it, it tastes like absolute crap? Yeah, that was the Gmail app for iOS.
It was riddled with issues to the point where it was an easier and more enjoyable experience to just go to gmail.com in Safari. Not surprisingly, Google pulled the app mere hours after it went live with the promise that it would be back ASAP, sans bugs. Well, today it’s back.
Gmail for iOS version 1.0.2 went live today, and it’s almost identical to the first iteration, except that notifications work this time. If you’re interested you can check it out here, but don’t expect much. The application is pretty bare-bones – it’s really quite similar to the web application. So much so that I find myself wondering why Google even bothered to release this app at all.
The design is subpar, the animations and transitions aren’t as smooth as they could be, and once again I’m disappointed in Google. I mean, you’d think a company that can create an entire mobile operating system would be able to create at least a good mobile app…
I may be being a bit overcritical here, but I’m a bit confused. On the plus side, Google has reassured customers that more features are on the way:
“In the short time the app was public we received a lot of helpful feedback and feature requests. This included requests for everything from bigger features like multiple account support to customizations like improved notifications and mobile specific signatures. We’re just getting started with the Gmail app for iOS and will be iterating rapidly to bring you more features, including all the ones listed above plus many more.”
Though, at the same time, why would Google release an application at all without those relatively basic features. It seems to me like the company released an unfinished application (twice!). It’s not like many people were counting down the days until this app came out. Google developers could have taken some more time and really made the app great, but instead they chose to release one that does nothing but make me thankful for the stock iOS Mail app.
Those of you who have tried the application, do you agree with me or do you think I should just shut up and be happy with the app in its current form? I’d love to hear your opinions, so weigh in down below in the comments section or let me know on twitter!