According to a report, Google is on the verge of launching a native iPhone app and
have already submitted it to the App Store for approval.
MG Siegler, a columnist for TechCrunch, has quoted “multiple
sources” on his blog, saying the app could be approved very soon and making an appearance
on an iDevice near you.
Of course Gmail is already supported on the iPhone as a web
app and for the most part it does a pretty good job. However a standalone
native app would allow users much more control adding in such features as push
notifications and advanced search.
Other additional functions, currently available on the Android
app, would likely include Priority Inbox, one-click starring of emails and even
possible integration of Google+.
Google has so far remained tight-lipped about the possibility
of the app existing and as for getting information out of Apple, we may as
well be talking to our cat….and we don’t even have a cat.
When the iPhone launched in 2007, no third party apps were allowed in
the App Store but when they did arrive a year later, there was still no Gmail
app. Whether it was Apple’s reluctance to allow a competitor to its own Mail
app onto the platform or Google simply focusing on mobile web, we may never
MG Siegler expects the app “should be out soon” so have your
iPhones and iPads at the ready if you really want the extra features that this
app may offer.