Google’s Gmail app returns to the app store

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Google released their free Gmail app two weeks ago, but it was quickly pulled due to bugs within the software. However, Google today brought it back to the app store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Now, Google is offering up version 1.0.2 that, according to the company, brings some new enhancements. People who previously installed the buggy version 1.0.1 are instructed to uninstall before upgrading to the new application. The new version of the Gmail app requires a device running iOS 4.0 or above.

Gmail Product Manager Matthew Izatt released this statement:

Two weeks ago, we introduced our Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately it contained a bug which broke notifications and displayed an error message, so we removed it from the App Store. We’ve fixed the bug and notifications are now working, and the app is back in the App Store. Based on your comments we have already improved our handling of image HTML messages – they are now sized to fit to the screen and you can pinch to zoom in. Those who already have the Gmail app released Nov 2 must uninstall or log out of the old app prior to installing the new app.

Don’t expect this new app to bring new features. There are just a few improvements—like fixed push support—but still missing from the application are multi-account functionality and others features promised on the first iteration. However, Mr Izatt notes that Google will continue its investment into the iOS platform with their Gmail app, and the company will be rapidly developing future versions for iOS with more features to come soon.

Via [Google’s Official Blog]

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