Google in Gmail iOS app blooper


Google's attempts to push out a Gmail app for iPhone and iPad failed yesterday thanks to bugs in the software.

The tech giant took to Twitter to apologise for the broken app, saying the bug lay in notifications.

"We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up," the Google tweet read.

Matthew Izatt, Google product manager, released an official statement, promising a new version would be released "soon."

"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," Izatt said.

"We've removed the app while we correct the problem Everyone who's already installed the app can continue to use it."

We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up.

Google announced the app yesterday, revealing the app would give iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users alerts and notifications when messages arrived.

On the iPad version, Google added the ability to navigate the inbox and read email simultaneously with split view, as with the official Apple Mail app on the tablet.

"We hope the Gmail app makes checking email on the go a little easier," the Gmail team blogged. For now, it doesn't make anything easier.

The blunder came just a day after Google announced a refreshed look for its desktop version of Gmail.

The new Gmail includes features such as brighter colours and larger tabs for conversations, amongst many other tweaks.

Tom Brewster

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