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Google Launches Then Removes Official Gmail App For iPhone, IPad

Googe has released an official, native Gmail app for Apple's iOS platform, hours after having announced the biggest redesign yet of its popular online email service.

Users on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad will be able to access Gmail without having to fire up Apple's own email app.

Unfortunately, the app contains a bug which broke notifications, according to a post by Matthew Izatt (opens in new tab), Product manager for Gmail.

This causes users to see an error message when first opening the app. Google has pulled the app at the time of writing and will bring it back when the bug is corrected. Users who have already downloaded and installed the app have been told that they can continue to use it.

Google says that three major improvements to the app are the touch capabilities, speed and efficiency. Features like archiving, labelling and starring have been added, with the ability to upload photos and the welcomed addition of priority boxes.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to access multiple accounts using the app, a vital feature that many business users will be sorely lacking.

Note that the app is only compatible with devices running on iOS 4+ and can be downloaded from the App Store (opens in new tab) (once it is available again).

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.