Google launches Gmail App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, but pulled out after 2 hours due to bug

By on Nov 3, 2011 in Internet, Software, Technology, World Comments

Google launched on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 the Gmail App for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch at the Apple App store, but was pulled out about 2 hours later.

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Supposed screenshot of Gmail App
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Image Credit: Apple.com

As noted in post at the official Gmail blog that day, Google said that Gmail App was made available at the iTunes App store, which was said to have new features for Gmail users.

“We’ve combined your favorite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go.” Google Gmail Product Manager Matthew Izatt wrote.

“It’s designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device.” Izatt added, citing the details of each of the new features.

According to Google, among the time-saving features include push notifications for new messages, faster inbox search, autocomplete email addresses from contacts, and a new button for uploading of photos.

The Gmail app also offers a smaller screen and promised quicker scanning the same subject with threaded conversations, as well as organizing messages through archiving, labeling, starring, deleting and reporting spam.

However, Google pulled it out from the Apple App store two hours later, claiming that there was a bug on notifications and they have to fix it.

“The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications. We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up.” Google Gmail tweeted; and also posted an update on their blog.

“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.” Google wrote.

“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.” Google added.



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