Google has finally released the native Gmail app for iOS. No longer will you have to rely on Apple’s own (limited) Mail app or Gmail on mobile Safari. Optimized for the iPhone and iPad, Gmail lets you do many things you’re already accustomed to on the desktop version of the email client. Here’s a partial list of features you can expect:
● Receive notification badges for new messages
● Read your mail with threaded conversations
● Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting, and reporting spam
● Keep track of important messages with priority inbox
● Auto-complete contact names as you type
● Send and receive attachments
● Search through all your mail
As I rely heavily on the Priority Inbox feature on my iMac browser, having it on a native app while on-the-go is fantastic. And the swipe right to view labels functionality ain’t too shabby either. Needless to say, this is a must-download for Gmail users.
Google, Gmail, – Free
Update: Shortly after the Gmail app went live, Google had pulled it from the App Store after discovering a notification breaking bug:
Update: 11/2/11: 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.