Native Gmail App Returns to App Store

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    As noted by Google, the company's native Gmail app for iOS has returned to the App Store. The app debuted two weeks ago, but was quickly pulled after a bug breaking notifications was discovered as soon as users began installing the app.
    Google notes that in addition to the notification bug fix, the company has also improved the handling of image HTML messages and has promised to continue "iterating rapidly" to bring new features to the app.

    Article Link: Native Gmail App Returns to App Store
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2008
    Montréal, Canada
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    Sweet! is this app available in canada? I cant seem to find it in the canadian app store..
  3. macrumors newbie

    Nov 3, 2008
  4. macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    It's up on the UK store... Just checked for updates and it's there...

    Works too! :p
  5. macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2009
    Norwich, UK
    I don't see the point of this, I think the native mail app on a ios device looks so much better. You may as well just bookmark
  6. macrumors member

    May 20, 2008
    works. Tried it a couple times. My exchange account gets emails a second or two faster. But I like the look the app better...hmm.
  7. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2008

    I can't set up to get banners or alerts...just badges. Why?
  8. macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    I take it back... It's getting deleted!

    when you get an email. You hear tri-tone... but no on screen notification... Nothing in notification centre... only thing that happens is you badge icon changes (in my case from 5 to 6). Not entirely obvious what the notification is for when I've got a few apps that us tritone as a notification - Whatsapp to be specific.

    What a crock. Native mail app it is!
  9. macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2011
    It's a good start, but it needs to show more than 10 messages at a time without tapping the "Show more messages..." button at the bottom of the list
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2008
    We should stop referring to this guy as "Native", since it's basically a UIWebView wrapper.

    Push notifications for Gmail messages without having to configure an exchange push account is nice, though.
  11. macrumors regular

    May 12, 2010
    But you can't delete emails using exchange with gmail on iPhone afaik. It just archives them.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Jun 28, 2008
    Same here. What's up with that? :confused:
  13. macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2010
    Why switch to this?

    Can anyone explain to me why I should use this instead of the native Mail app? Is there any features this app has over the Mail app that is better? Just trying to get some ideas on if or why I should use this when the Mail app seems very sufficient.

  14. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2011
    Disgusting icon!! :(
    Unfortunately Steve Jobs is not alive to tell Google how to design an icon?!
  15. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2006
  16. macrumors 65816

    Jun 28, 2008
    One thing that irks me is that all of Google's app icons are blue while Google+ and Gmail are black. Don't like this inconsistency. Makes my springboard look weird.
  17. macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    can you have a separate signature? and can you make the notification a different sound?
  18. macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2011
    disable ads by enabling any add-on?

    Has anyone figured out how to disable the ads? Advice would be welcome.
  19. macrumors 68000


    Oct 3, 2010
    Paris, France
    I've now downloaded this app twice; once when it was initially released and once just a few moments ago. I've also now deleted this app twice.

    The only thing I want that this app has that the native doesn't have is the ability to show labels on emails in the Inbox. I have somewhere around 150 filters set up, some to label and archive mail instantly and some to just label mail but not archive it.

    When mail comes in, it isn't always from the same email address or from the same "@whatever.whatever" suffix so I don't know if it's been properly labeled (yeah, I'm a bit OCD about labeling and organizing my email).

    With this (cr)app, I can see the labels but with the native I can't. Whatever though, it ain't nearly good enough to make me switch.
  20. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2011
    Yeah delete the app, setup in exchange server...and use the iOS5 push email
  21. macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2009
    Durham, NC
    I still can't believe that with all of their programmers, Google would be so lazy as to release an "app" that is nothing more than their mobile website in a "pretty" wrapper. Apple should have rejected this just on principle.
  22. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2011
    thats what a lot of the bank apps are, especially bank of america.
  23. macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2011
    Sorry I asked. What server? Exchange?
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2011
  25. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    It would be nice if, in the future, all apps did not list options for notification types that they don't actually use.

    EDIT: Ahh, internet trolling... the first page of the Google blog comments has a user griping that this is better than the mail app on Android....

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