Native Gmail iPhone App Coming Soon, Submitted to Apple for Review?

Could a native Gmail iPhone app be coming soon? MG Siegler writes sources tell him Google has already submitted this app to Apple for review, and it could be coming very soon:

Perhaps the biggest issue with using Gmail through the iPhone’s native mail client is that Gmail is not Push-enabled. Yes, you can hack it to work through Exchange, but then you lose other functionality, such as the ability to star messages via flags.

The native Gmail app will likely bring other key functionality as well: like Priority Inbox and one-click starring of messages. Other possibilities include some of the stuff Google is about to roll out for Gmail proper: like contact icons, better threading, and deep searching functionality. Maybe there will even be some Google+ integration, which Google is also hard at work on for Gmail.

Currently, the only Gmail option for iOS users is either the Safari Mobile optimized version and the Google Sync setup for push email. This new native Gmail app will finally bring to iPhone users what we’ve been longing for that Android users have had from the beginning–a seamless email experience. Previously, we heard about offline Gmail at the 2009 Mobile World Congress (MWC).

Google has already released a plethora of native apps for iOS, such as Latitude, Translate, and Google Earth. A native Gmail app would be the icing on the cake.

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  • i dont get this. i already have my gmail setup in my native Mail app with (almost) instant push. why is there a need for an app?

  • More features compared to Apple’s Mail app, Google Plus integration, and more.

  • Anonymous

    Better management of labels, better handling of delete/archive come to mind first.

  • oh i see… hope it wont be a webapp like the facebook app

  • Yup, and search.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll see how it is when it comes out, but Google apps are horrible for multiple account usage. I doubt this app will be better than Apples app, but we’ll see. 🙂

  • Surprised it took them this long to release a gmail app.

  • LOL…I didn’t even know that GMail wasn’t push in the iPhone email app.  It is the account I use for junk, signing up to forums and such…even so…it seems to be almost instant notification.

  • Flaxx

    I use IMAP because I can set delete as delete. If you setup with push in gmail (via exchange), deleting a message actually archives it. Also the threading of messages is different via gmail. A native app that works like gmail on the desktop (not mobile safari) with the ability to send from different accounts would also be welcome.

  • pascyyy

    My only concern is that Apple doesn’t let you set new programs as defaults for existing ones. So if I click on an email link, it will open up the Mail app instead of the gmail one. It’s the same issue with 3rd party browsers on the iPhone. They are better and have more features, but unless you’ve jailbroken, you can’t change it as far as I know.

  • Nohammed

    They should fix their android app first befoure releasing an iphone app