Google ‘On the Verge’ Of Launching ‘Fantastic’ Native Gmail App For iPhone

Google ‘On the Verge’ Of Launching ‘Fantastic’ Native Gmail App For iPhone

The App Store is yet to offer any third-party email clients, but that’s all about to change thanks to Google. The company is reportedly “on the verge” of launching a “fantastic” Gmail app for the iPhone that may have already been submitted to Apple for approval.

TechCrunch’s M.G. Siegler has been informed by multiple sources that a native Gmail application for the iPhone is on its way, and providing Apple allows the app into the App Store, it should be out soon. On his personal blog, Siegler writes:

Google is on the verge of launching their native Gmail app, multiple sources tell me. In fact, I believe it has already been submitted to Apple for review. If it gets approved, it should be out soon. And I think it’s going to be approved.

This is great news for a couple of reasons. First: native Gmail app! Awesome. Second: those who have seen the app tell me it’s pretty fantastic. Perhaps even surprisingly so.

Of course, if you’re a Gmail user, you’ll already be aware Google has a pretty nice HTML5 web app for managing your email account, and you can also set up the iPhone’s built-in Mail app for Gmail. But there are some advantages to a native Gmail app…

Firstly, the app will provide you with Push Notification alerts — something you cannot currently enjoy when using the Gmail web app. Secondly, the app will push messages to your iPhone, meaning you don’t have to fetch them manually, as you do with the iPhone’s built-in Mail app. The official app is also expected to introduce Google’s Priority Inbox function, and one-click starring of messages.

All we have to do now is await Apple’s approval. Although the company has previously rejected third-apps for providing functionality already available through its own built-in apps and services, it changed its mind on this when it began accepting third-party web browsers into the App Store. I don’t see why a third-party email client should be any different.

  • bomber

    I wish they would also fix gmail for Safari on Mac sometime.

  • Matthew Rogers

    “Secondly, the app will push messages to your iPhone, meaning you don’t have to fetch them manually — as you do with the iPhone’s built-in Mail app”

    Uh, what? I use many GMail accounts on my iPhone’s native Mail app, and I have them all setup to push. Often times mail will show up pushed to my iPhone before it even appears in my GMail web interface open on my desktop computer.

  • Tim Meesseman

    What’s wrong with it? I’ve never had any issues.

  • Howie Isaacks

    Care to elaborate? You say that as if we all KNOW what you mean as if there’s some kind of bug that is plaguing all of us. 

  • Howie Isaacks

    This really seems unnecessary.  iOS already natively supports gmail.  Gmail is a spam magnet anyway.

  • Kirk Klobe

    Don’t be surprised – I’ve run across quite a few iPhone users who don’t know you can use Google Sync and just have their gmail setup with the “Google Mail” account option.

  • opfan13

    Gmail has been much less spam-magnetic than Yahoo Mail in my experience.  I’ve all but abandoned one of my two YM accounts because of it.

  • Manuhk

    I am a bit of a noob, but even I know of at least 2 third party email apps for IOS – mbox for hotmail and ibis mail. Both are very good…

  • GMail User

    Push option can already be done for GMail with iOS, you just have to setup the account as an Exchange account instead of the GMail option.

  • Don Pope

    I never get any spam on gmail.

  • RyleyLamarsh

    I can’t see Apple allowing the messages to be pushed in the background? If there was an API available for that we’d see alot more functionality on the iPhone with many other apps.

  • Steve LeVine

    Here will be one huge advantage of a GMail app (for me): Since GMail uses labels and not folders, I have filters set up so that many mails get multiple labels applied. When using the native iPhone email client, it shows as folders.  However, if I delete an email, it only really removes one of the labels so the email is still in my GMail box.  It will only finally delete from the mailbox when it is deleted from it’s last remaining label.
    GMail will see it as one singular email and put it in trash when it is deleted from the very first label.  Big win for me in getting my mailbox clean.

  • aga

    I use iMailG on iPhone and the HD version on the iPad. Thought it came from Google until I read this post and checked.

    I can recommend both.

  • bomber

    Probably some kind of Javascript compatibility problem, when I write a new mail I cannot use the auto-completion, attach files, define CC, and when changing the settings I have to open links in new tabs/windows since clicking on them is not doing anything. Interestingly it’s working when I reply to messages. I’m using the stock Safari.
    Submitting of bugs is not working, not even in other browsers because it requires an email field which is not existing in the page.

  • iDaBoss

    the problem with the exchange workaround is that you have to go to the All Mail folder to delete mail. deleting it from the Inbox just archives it. Of course mail notifications sends you to Inbox, so it becomes annoying having to switch folders all the time.

  • iDaBoss

    the problem with the exchange workaround is that you have to go to the All Mail folder to delete mail. deleting it from the Inbox just archives it. Of course mail notifications sends you to Inbox, so it becomes annoying having to switch folders all the time.

  • Mathew Taylor

    My thoughts exactly

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