November 2, 2011
Confirming yesterday's rumors, Apple has, this morning, approved Google's new official native Gmail app for iOS. That's right, Google has finally launched a native iOS Gmail client for its extremely popular service. With a design similar to the Facebook app, it will make it easier than ever to manage and read your Gmail email, apply labels and so on. Furthermore, it will inform you of all your new email through push notifications. The lack of a good Gmail implementation in iOS has been one of the biggest concerns power users have had with the platform. In particular, Google is known to have built a very good Gmail client for its own Android platform, and iOS users were kind of left dry with only Apple's implementation. This one, unfortunately, was very limited on features, and its search system is nowhere near as good as Google's. Will this app finally make everyone happy? We're testing the app thoroughly right now to give you a good idea of what it's worth. From what we've been hearing it falls short of expectations, but we'll be sure to let you know all about it. In the meantime, you can find the official Gmail application in the App Store now, free of charge.