Google announced the release of an official Gmail app for the iPhone and iPad today. The app offers direct access to Gmail email accounts, including threaded conversation views, spam reporting, and more. Gmail is free and universal to work with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, with an interface optimized for the latter’s larger screen.
The full list of Gmail’s features is as follows:
- Receive notification badges for new messages
- Read your mail with threaded conversations
- Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
- Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
- Auto-complete contact names as you type
- Send and receive attachments
- Search through all your mail
Though the app just hit the App Store a few minutes ago, I’m already seeing a lot of complaints about it on Twitter. Most are noting that it offers little more than the mobile web version of Gmail that can be accessed through Safari, like only displaying a limited number of messages in any folder. Also, the Gmail app doesn’t work with Google Apps email accounts, which is disappointing to those who pay Google for hosted email and other services.
Adding insult to injury, push notification appears to be broken with users seeing a “no valid ‘aps-environment’ entitlement string found for application” error message upon opening the app. Hopefully, Google will release an update soon to fix this since it’s a feature wanted by many Gmail users if the number of apps offering this by other developers in the App Store is any indication.
UPDATE: Google tweeted a few minutes ago that Gmail has been removed from the App Store in order to fix the push notifications error: