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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, 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 (once it is available again).

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