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Official Gmail app for Apple iPhone on the way

Official Gmail app for Apple iPhone on the way
Hey, it's no mystery why iOS users have been without an official Gmail app since day one. Obviously with the "G" in Gmail standing for Google, Android phones would be expected to receive the better mobile version of the app in the same manner that the YouTube client on Android gives users the option to view videos over 3G in crystal clear quality. Besides, Apple at first was not so keen at having a second email client on its phone. And now it has been made clear that the relationship between the two firms, as recently pointed out in Steve Jobs' biography, was not quite friendly.

Of course, other Google apps have already been made available for iOS like Google Voice (now back on iTunes after a brief hiatus) and Google Maps. Now, parislemon is saying that Google's native Gmail app has already been submitted to Apple and should be launched shortly to the delight of many Apple iPhone users who favor Gmail on their desktop.

Sure, iOS users can hook up their Gmail account through the native iOS email client, but there is no Push Notification which is rumored to be a feature on the new official Gmail for iOS app. Also expected on the new app is the use of a priority inbox and one click starring of messages. There is also some speculation that new features coming to the Android version of the app will find its way on the iOS variant such as contact icons, improved threading and "deep search functionality" according to the source. And we wouldn't be surprised to find some Google+ features on the iOS app.

A Google spokesman had no comment on the report, and we can only imagine what the boardroom argument must have been like inside the Mountain View based company. After all, the official Gmail app was a chip that Android users could hold over Apple iPhone users-but apparently not for much longer.

source: parislemon via SlashGear

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posted on 01 Nov 2011, 00:24 3

1. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Gmail app on the Iphone........That would be pretty cool. Who said Apple limited applications on their phones? I'm sure that it will work a lot better than the one on the Android phone as well.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 00:50

2. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


dream on pal. you're probably just going to get our left over Gmail app after we all get the nice ICS version of the app. ;P

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 03:35

5. phungn (Posts: 26; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


I don't see a problem with the one on android :/

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 14:55

11. EraserXIV (Posts: 37; Member since: 16 Jul 2009)


aren't you forgetting that poor excuse for a map app that iOS has?

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:08

16. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


I think it looks better than the one on the Android Phone does.......and also works a lot better.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 00:50

3. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5540; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i didn't even know the iPhone didn't have Gmail...that's kinda fail. xD

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 08:18

6. davecann2 (Posts: 460; Member since: 15 Mar 2011)


iPhone already has g-mail. No need for an app.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 09:44

7. roldefol (Posts: 2858; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Isn't the current Gmail on the iPhone essentially an optimized browser window?

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 10:29 2

8. seaquake2 (Posts: 3; Member since: 14 Apr 2008)


No.. Gmail support is built right into the current mail service of the iPhone. You don't have to go through a browser window or anything. So I see no need of a GMail app. When you go to add an email account your can choose between, Microsoft Exchange, GMail, Yahoo, AOL and Hotmail.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 10:46

9. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)


As they mentioned... the stock email app doesn't have push notification. So even if you don't see the need for it, others might.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 13:37 3

10. Paden (Posts: 262; Member since: 07 Jul 2011)


It fetches data for you automatically and notifies you when you have new email, or Gmail.... Is that not push notification?

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 22:30 2

15. kcombs (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


um yeah it does, I have my Gmail setup on my iPhone and it is push..

posted on 02 Nov 2011, 00:09

17. NVPMOTHAF (Posts: 78; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


I still think it would be cool to see what it offers. Still not needed though.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 03:11 1

4. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)


Why Google is doing that - waste of time - pearls for pigs.
If they want Gmail they should buy an android phone

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 15:45

12. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Are you taco50's sibling? Seriously, where's the funny? At least troll with some oomph, bro.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 15:52 2

13. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


So, the only "pluses" of this app over the main Mail app are the following?
- one click starring of messages
- contact icons

Mail app already has these:
- deep search function: search from, to, subject, or all parts of messages including the body
- push notifications: setup is a snap through Exchange (use m.google.com as the server)

Does this new iOS Gmail app unify all of my email accounts? Even if they don't end in @gmail.com? It would be a fail if I had to switch between this gmail app and the native Mail app for that reason.

posted on 01 Nov 2011, 19:31 2

14. willywill_evo (Posts: 162; Member since: 05 Jan 2011)


@ KingKurogii your not alone, i never owned a iphone but i learned something new today

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