Google Relaunches Gmail iOS App Two Weeks After Disastrous First Attempt
Google on Wednesday re-released their native Gmail app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices just two weeks after pulling the program as reviewers panned the program’s interface (basically a web wrapper) and constant notification problems.
While the new offering (available now in the App Store) is still not the perfect solution it does away with the Google Notifications problem and errors have been fixed.
On the official Google blog Product Manager Matthew Izatt wrote:
“Two weeks ago, we introduced our Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately it contained a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, so we removed it from the App Store. We’ve fixed the bug and notifications are now working, and the app is back in the App Store. For an overview of what’s available in the Gmail app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, check out this blog post.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.”
Google’s Gmail engineers in the meantime are promising to update the iOS app in the coming weeks to provide more features. One such improvement developed in the last two weeks is better handling of image HTML messages which are now sized to fit the users display with pinch for zoom capabilities.
The new Gmail app can be installed on iOS 4+ devices.
Special Note: If you installed the Gmail app release prior to Nov. 2 you will need to uninstall the app or log out of the older app before installing the new option.