The rumor circulating earlier this week about the upcoming release of Gmail for iOS comes to reality with the official announcement made by Google. You can now check your Gmail in iOS, that is if you managed to install it before being removed from the App Store.
Gmail now has a native client on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, in addition to the e-mail client iOS [1.0.1 (+) - 3.2 MB - Free ]. The application, which moves away from the looks of the iOS interface, is a mixture of the excellent Android version of the application and Google’s Search feature for iOS.
Expected for several years by fans of Apple products, the arrival of the Google app was shortly followed by a wave of disappointment as the Gmail application seemed incomplete. If the installation runs smoothly, you get to open the app for the first time and then a warning message comes. ”No valid APS-environment ‘entitlement string found for application,” Google’s cloud applications lead, Dave Girouard, said. Though, we have to mention that once your name and registered password are entered, the warning message does not appear anymore.
When it works, the application is fast. The field that allows you to search, let’s say for contacts when you start to enter an email address, is running quite smoothly.
The Gmail application notifies you upon the arrival of a new e-mail via a push notification. Reading e-mails, conversations, archiving, labels, tracking, Priority Inbox, AutoComplete contacts, send and receive attachments, search: all the features from Gmail are present as well in the official client for Apple’s iOS.
The advantages of the Gmail app for iOS include for example the possibility to add a photo attachment directly into the application, without going through the gallery, useful for fast replies.
Available for free in the App Store, the Google application for Gmail will get push notifications for new messages in your inbox. We also noticed a search engine that is more powerful than the variation of the mobile web service, the ability to attach a photo of his library or refresh its rapidly inbox by sliding the finger down.
The first official Gmail application from Google also transposes the inbox priority taking into account the communication patterns of each user, as well as messages marked as important. Google incorporates at the same time other Gmail-specific features like the ability to read your messages in like a simple conversations, to archive them or to add some of them as favorites.
It is enough to slide your finger from right to the left to open a list of labels. Note that in the landscape mode on the iPad, Gmail will offer a reading pane and is therefore similar to the application available for Android.
For the moment it looks that Google has removed the application from Apple’s iTunes Store. They claim that a bug related to the way that push notifications work is involved. Google now advises those who have already downloaded the application to continue using it. For others, they must wait for the next version, which according to Google, should be available soon.