Google is on a mission to clean up its act. The company launched updates to Gmail, Google Reader and Google Docs this week following announcements that Google Buzz would be getting the axe. The company also released a Gmail iPhone, iPad and iPod app Wednesday hoping to streamline Apple users' Gmail experience and encourage more users to switch to the Google email platform.
The company, however, might need to slow down and take a few deep breaths.
Two hours after the Gmail iPhone, iPad and iPod app was released in the Apple App Store, Google recalled the program announcing on twitter that: The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications. We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up. In hurrying to put out new and updated programs, Google seems to have forgotten to double check its newest app.
When loading the Gmail app, users received the error message: Notification Error - no valid 'aps-environment' entitlement string found for application, reported CNET.
Google later released an official statement stating:
Update: 11/2/11: 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.
The new Gmail app is geared for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Tablets and smartphones operating with the Android OS come pre-installed with a Gmail application.
Google has included new features in the Apple app to help users save time and maximize efficiency. The company claims that on the Apple iPad users will be able to see their inbox and emails simultaneously with a split screen. The app also comes with Gmail's Priority Inbox organization system and the ability to label, archive and store emails based on their priority. The app also claims to capitalize on the touch screen interface of the iPod, iPad and iPhone by allowing users to pull down the inbox to refresh it and swipe right to view emails exclusively labeled in a certain way.
The new app runs on iOS 4 and iOS 5.