Rumors of an official Google-branded Gmail application have been picking up the last few days, and it looks like they’ve finally been confirmed – Google’s official Gmail app is live in the App Store now! According to the app’s description,
With the Gmail app, you can:
â— Receive notification badges for new messages
â— Read your mail with threaded conversations
â— Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
â— Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
â— Auto-complete contact names as you type
â— Send and receive attachments
â— Search through all your mail
Personally I’m pretty surprised Apple ever allowed this app to see the light of day. One of the most common reasons it cites when denying an application is that it mimics the functionality of a stock iOS app… which is precisely what the Gmail app does.
The UI is very similar to the new Facebook app, with sliding panels to reveal different menus and windows. However, I must be honest – in my opinion there’s no way this application will replace Apple’s Mail app. In just my preliminary tests with the app, I’ve found it choppy and buggy, especially when reading image-rich emails. I mean, it looks and feels like Google just took the web app and put it in the App Store.
I couldn’t find the app through the search function in the App Store, but you can find it via this link if you’re interested. Let’s hope Google polishes it up a bit before too long! I’d love to know what you guys think of the app, give it a download (it’s free) and let me know your thoughts in the comments or on twitter.
It appears Google has pulled the application after a bug was discovered.
“We’ve removed the app while we correct the problem, and we’re working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it.”
Let’s hope when the app goes live again, the notifications won’t be the only thing Google fixes.