Feeds

Native Gmail app coming to iPhone, iPad?

Android advantage may soon be undermined

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The word on the street is that a Gmail app for iOS is about to hit Apple's App Store. If true, not only would iPhone and iPad Gmailers benefit, but Android device makers would lose one of their advantages over Apple's iDevices.

This tantalizing tidbit comes from the personal blog of TechCrunch columnist MG Siegler, who reports that "mulitple sources" have told him that a native Gmail app is on its way.

"In fact," he writes, "I believe it has already been submitted to Apple for review."

Gmail users on iPhones and iPads currently have access to their accounts through a decent mobile web app, and there are third-party apps such as those from Idemfactor Solutions and Nicholas Schlueter, but if Siegler's sources are correct, Google's native iOS app will offer a host of Gmail features in full Googly fashion.

Push notifications, for example, which are absent in the Google web-based iOS Gmail client.

While Apple's iOS Mail for iOS 5 is an improvement over its earlier incarnation – formatting and flagging, for example – a native Gmail iOS app might best it with such features as the color-coding that exisits in Gmail for Android, improved search and filtering, the ability to zip through mulitple profiles, message prioritization, and more.

Of course, those features will be possible only if Siegler's sources are correct, a native Gmail iOS app actually exisits, and if Apple actually approves it. When The Reg contacted Google, a spokeswoman declined to comment.

And remember: Cupertino and Mountain View haven't been known to be the best of buddies when it comes to Google apps and iOS.

What's more, if a native iOS Gmail app does hit the App Store, it will level the playing field between Google's Android and Apple's iOS.

Does Google want to expand Gmail's reach at the expense of its Android partners? We'll see. ®

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk

More from The Register

next story
Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s
China's grey market reports 'sluggish' sales of Apple mobe
Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts
New sub cable to go live 2016
EE coughs to BROKEN data usage metrics BLUNDER that short-changes customers
Carrier apologises for 'inflated' measurements cockup
Comcast: Help, help, FCC. Netflix and pals are EXTORTIONISTS
The others guys are being mean so therefore ... monopoly all good, yeah?
Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet
Buffer-rage sends Aussies out to experience road rage
EE buys 58 Phones 4u stores for £2.5m after picking over carcass
Operator says it will safeguard 359 jobs, plans lick of paint
MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...
Guess they don't like our battery-draining update?
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.