gmail on iOS and Android

Rut ro, Raggy. The iOS -- and therefore the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch -- just got itself a native Gmail app, straight from Google itself.  That means proper Gmail on iOS, in its own application, and not though the iOS mail app with IMAP. Guess that means the end of Android, right?

Not so much.

The app itself isn't horrible. But neither does it feel like an Android or iOS application. It's in a weird in-between place. It's got push notifications, but you have to pull to refresh (on the other hand, the Android version doesn't do that -- it has a refresh button). You can get to your labels via a nice slide-out section on the left -- just like the Android version.

But the five-minute version is this: The addition of a Gmail app on iOS is a plus for iPhone and iPad users, and it's not likely steal users away all by itself.

We've got a brief walkthrough after the break (note that Google's pulled the app from the Apple App Store to fix a few bugs), and you can find loads more on our sister site,

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iOS finally gets a native gmail app, but is it as good as Android's?


This just in, Apple is sueing Google because the placement of "G" in Gmail is clearly an infrigment on Apple's use of "i" in front of every product they sell to their cult following.

This just in: people posting these ridiculous, overused cliches still have the nerve to call other people sheep.

Just saying... it's kind of a pot/kettle thing, really. An obnoxious fanboy is an obnoxious fanboy, regardless of which company/brand/product they're obsessed with.

FYI, the app has been pulled from the App Store because it was having too many problems.

Edit: Oops, just noticed this was mentioned at the end of the article.

That would be pretty cool if they did though, yeah? Keynote is badass. Js. Haha.

But yeah, I'm pretty pleased about this. Not sure if it ever made it over to Android, but for a while Google's Catalogs app was iOS only... which seemed kind of weird? Glad to see them at least attempting to get their stuff out for everyone. I doubt you'll ever see Apple making iCloud work for Android devices too, haha.

The thing is, Google is primarily a search and advertising company. They made android so they would have a google-controlled experience in the mobile market. Apple, on the other hand, doesn't make anything for anyone. (with the exception of itunes) Apple wants you to use all of their stuff, all the time.

"but you have to pull to refresh"

You make that sound like a bad thing. Facebook finally added it to their app (copying Friendcaster and I'm sure others). It's brilliant and, IMHO, far more convenient than a button.

Bugs aside, it's a pretty good app... however, the current version gives you an error message even when just booting it up for the first time. It connects and seems to work okay, but definitely was not quite ready for prime time when they released it. Definitely a step in the right direction though. Apple's default Mail client on iOS KIND OF works with gmail, but loses out on a lot of features (and of course, they're all the important ones). Hopefully they can get this fixed quick and get it back out there.

What features are missing from iOS' mail? I never understood why people wanted a native Gmail app. I use it on Mail and it's just fine.

For one, being able to properly star or tag emails with more than one label... which I do a LOT. It also only allows searching of emails that have actually been loaded, AFAIK... whereas the official Google app will search your entire account.

Only serious bummer with the new app is no support for multiple inboxes. Whose brilliant idea was that? Ugh. Still, it's miles better than using Mail.

Well, at least in the searching part, I think you're wrong, It can search for any email, even the ones that are only in the server.

Hmm. I'll have to check my settings then... maybe I just messed something up. I don't really use search that much though, but I have heard that the one on the native app is much better (maybe it's just faster, idk). Being able to mark something with multiple labels is huge for me though.

So right after several jobs dies iOS gets a gmail app... Convenient much? Read the server jobs book and you will know he would never have aloud it to happen. wins lol

There are so many things wrong with this comment that I don't even know where to begin.

Let's just make a list:

1) Schmidt was on the board of directors at Apple.
2) Apple has already integrated Google services deeply into iOS. The entire Maps app uses nothing but Google Maps.
3) It's spelled allowed, not aloud. Aloud = out loud.
4) Are you implying that Google somehow wrote this entire app in the span of a week or two after Jobs' death? Chances are that this has been in the works for quite some time.
5) The App Store has a vetting process that every single app has to go through. If Apple didn't want this in the App Store, it wouldn't be there. Simple as that.

So basically... what the hell are you talking about?

Thanks Google for the web app packaged into a native app that look like crap. hay lest it is there.

Google's apps for iOS all kinda stink. They're all so slow. I used the Google Voice app frequently when I had my iPhone, and it was... painful. Thank goodness I switched to Android!

iPhone slow slow SLOW. Ahahah Phil that was hilarious. And Phil's hands touching an iPhone? Blasphemous! Just kidding.
Well...I think some iOS people will be happy when this app is fixed. I posted this on my iFag's...I mean friend's wall and told him to watch out for it when it's fixed. Ironically he's a little envious of my Docs app, which was updated today lol.