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Google releases, then pulls buggy Gmail app for Apple's iOS

Gmail iOS app for Apple iPad

Gmail fail.

Google released its first official Gmail app for iOS devices -- the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch -- on Wednesday morning, only to pull the new app from Apple's App Store shortly after because it wasn't working correctly.

The Gmail team tweeted about the mixup, saying:

The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications. We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up.

Floods of messages on Twitter popped up complaining about the Gmail iOS app, some of which were covered over on the website TechCrunch, and as of about the middle of the day on Wednesday, Google and Apple hadn't yet delivered a new, bug-free Gmail app to the App Store.

Hopefully, Google will get its act together. The Gmail app, as described Wednesday morning in a blog post from the Gmail team, looked slick and was set to bring a few features not found in iOS's native email app. Among the key features of the Gmail app are priority inboxing, Gmail-in-the-browser-like threaded email conversations, Google profile photos appearing next to contact names, and Gmail's archiving, labeling and starring features.

In an update to the blog post, Google explained the problem in a bit more detail, writing:

Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app. We've removed the app while we correct the problem, and we're working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who's already installed the app can continue to use it.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles

twitter.com/nateog

Image: A screen shot of Google's Gmail app on an Apple iPad. Credit: Google

 
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