Gmail for iOS back on the App Store

Google's new Gmail app for Apple's iOS devices was unceremoniously pulled from the App Store recently but now Google has once again offered the mobile app version of its web-based email service to all those iPhone and iPad users. The official Gmail blog has announced that the original version was pulled on November 2 due to "a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message." The notifications are now working for the new (and free) Gmail iOS app.

First announced a couple of weeks ago, the iOS port for Gmail has a number of interesting features, including being able to use auto-complete for all of your Gmail contact email addresses, using search to find a specific email in your inbox and, as noted before, being alerted when a new email hits your inbox with sounds and other notifications. The iPad version of Gmail also has the ability to read your email as well as scan your inbox at the same time.

Even though Google has its own mobile operating system, the truth is there are likely a lot of Gmail users who will want to use the service via an iPhone and iPad. The new Gmail mobile app should allow iOS users to access all of the advanced features of Google's email service without having to surf to the Gmail web site via Safari.

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Theres no way to sign out while using app; ive closed it, then open again and i was able to browse menu for 5 sec and login screen showed up - i didnt choose remember me option.

Looks like they took the easy road and just wrapped their html ui with native ios buttons: they can do better and we can do better than that.

Looks like they took the easy road and just wrapped their html ui with native ios buttons: they can do better and we can do better than that.

Perseus Prime said,
Looks like they took the easy road and just wrapped their html ui with native ios buttons: they can do better and we can do better than that.

There is just no pleasing some people. The HTML5 based app works fine and there is no point rewriting it for the sake of it. If you can do better, go right ahead.

Well, I sent myself a test email from Outlook and the push notifications didn't seem to work. Also, the options in the notifications center seem limited compared to other apps....

Still, this will be nice to have when I want to search my email on the go.

Google's way of thinking is why hurt the consumer even though they are not using Android. Much. respect.

I have an Android phone and tablet. I also have an iPad. I will give it a test drive.