You know how everything from Google appears to be in permanent beta? It looks like the long-awaited Gmail for iOS app should have been left in alpha a little longer; it was released earlier this morning, and then yanked from the store for its buggy nature.
Oops. Earlier today (US time, so earlier this morning/late last night Australian time) Google released its iOS Gmail app into the App store. At that time, this was the promise:
We’ve combined your favorite features from the Gmail mobile web app and iOS into one app so you can be more productive on the go. It’s designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device. And it’s one more reason to switch to Gmail.”
Until it was realised that it contained a number of fairly serious bugs, at which point Google pulled the app, noting the following:
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. We’ve removed the app while we correct the problem, and we’re working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it.”