Official Gmail app coming to iOS

Official Gmail app coming to iOSApple and Google may not be the best of friends right now - but don't think that means they're ignoring each other. No way, Jose. In fact, Google has apparently been beavering away to create an official Gmail app for iOS which, according to ParisLemon, is almost ready to be released.

Getting Gmails on an iPhone or iPad has never been a problem. The functionality is built into the native Mail app as soon as you take your iDevice out of the box and is even one of the default providers you can select from when in settings.

But until now, there's been no standalone app. No proper push Gmail. No support for labels. Just a rather nice iPhone friendly Gmail site that had to do.

It's exciting to think what else could be on board - the usual Gmail suspects like the ones on the fantastic Android app including priority inbox, one-click starring of icons etc are all obviously likely to be in the mix. And a much better searching facility.

Because let's face it - searching through your inbox on Gmail on iOS4 was appalling and, despite the promises when iOS5 was announced, it doesn't seem that wonderful these days either.

Sources have told Paris Lemon that the app has been submitted to Apple already and is just waiting for final approval. Given Cupertino's somewhat erratic policies towards apps, we'll not breathe out until we see it appear in the App Store.

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darkspark88  Nov. 2, 2011 at 00:25

I can't see why I'd use an external email client. Gmail seems to work fine with exchange support via Google Sync. I do appreciate that the gmail app will push Apple to improve their offering, so in the end we all win

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 2, 2011 at 07:59

Battery life is biggest plus of native apps. They do not poll mailbox for updates every specified time, but rather wait for a push notice just like BB phones.

darkspark88  Nov. 2, 2011 at 10:13

Gmail via Microsoft Exchange supports Push.


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