Google unveils, then yanks, Gmail app for the iPhone

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Google unveils, then yanks, Gmail app for the iPhone

Google has launched its own Gmail app for Apple iOS devices.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET)

iPhone users with Gmail accounts may yet have a dedicated app to help them manage their mail.

Released today, the free Gmail iOS app is geared toward iPhone , iPad, and iPod Touch owners. Though Gmail users can already access their mail via the Web, through a mobile site, and by setting up an account on their iOS device, the new app tries to borrow from all those sources to offer a host of useful features in one single shot.

But the debut proved rocky. Shortly after the launch, Google said it had yanked the app to deal with a bug:

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. 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.

Even setting aside that issue, the new app provoked many cries of frustration across the Web. Blogger Robert Scoble, for instance, had initially posted to his … [Read more]

Google unveils, then yanks, Gmail app for the iPhone

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