It took a couple of weeks, but it's finally ready -- for real, this time.
Along with the new Gmail desktop UI rolling out to users now, Google has just pushed its official (and fixed) Gmail app through Apple's App Store.
Without an app, iOS users who wanted to get Gmail pushed to their devices had to use the Activesync method setup by Google. While this method delivered new email very quickly and reliably, it did not support many of Gmail's unique features. This is where the new app comes in.
The Gmail app supports full email search, as well as photo attachments to existing messages. Other features include:
· Get alerted to new messages with push notifications and sounds
· Autocomplete email addresses from your Gmail contacts or select from your device’s address book
· On iPad, navigate your inbox and read your mail simultaneously with split view
· Focus on your important messages first with Priority Inbox
· Quickly scan countless emails on the same subject with threaded conversations
· Organize your mail by archiving, labelling, starring, deleting and reporting spam
· Pull down your inbox to rapidly refresh if you’re eager for new mail
· Swipe right to view your labels without ever leaving your inbox
· Swiftly scroll through dozens of emails just by sliding your finger
It is available in the App Store today and works on all devices running iOS 4+.
NOTE: Those who grabbed this a couple of weeks ago will need to either uninstall or log out of the app first before updating to the new 1.0.2 version.