Today, you’ll find that a lot of people have iPhones. You’ll also find that a lot of people use Google’s Gmail as their primary email. And a lot of those people with iPhones use Gmail – this writer included. And if you’re one of those people, you know that there is no native Gmail app for iOS.
Gmail users with iPhones have had to resort to one of two less-than-perfect solutions to this problem. They can either set up their Gmail account through Apple’s native email app (which lacks keys Gmail features) or they can use the Gmail web interface (which is pretty good, if not perfect).
Until now. MG Siegler is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed the imminent launch of the native Gmail app for iPhone.
He says that the app has already been submitted to Apple for approval, and it should be approved pretty soon.
According to his sources that have seen the Gmail app, it’s not going to disappoint.
The new Gmail app for iPhone will bring the all-important push notifications, a functionality that is a real pain without the native app.
The new app will also have other important abilities like Priority Inbox and one-click starring of messages. It’s possible that the app could even contain some new Gmail features like contact icons and deep searching. Siegler speculates that it could even include some Google+ integration.
Considering that the Gmail app for iPhone is a solid app without bugs and design problems (and these sources seem pretty confident of that fact), then this is great news. Users have been waiting years for a native Gmail app for their iOS devices. Hopefully, everything works out and we see it pop up in the app store in the upcoming weeks.