Google has pulled its official Gmail application for iOS powered devices just hours after it landed on the App Store, citing a notifications bug as the reason for the move.
The application launched amid much hype, promising features such as push notifications, priority inbox, threaded conversations and advanced search capabilities much like its web-based counterpart. However, the excitement was soon over as users were instead greeted by error messages and malfunctioning notifications when opening the app.
Explaining the problem via its official Twitter account, Google posted: "The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications. We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up."
“Everyone who's already installed the app can continue to use it,” said a Google spokesperson, adding that Gmail devs are working hard to bring out new version soon.
The incident is a major cause of embarrassment for the search giant given the anticipation that led to the app’s release and its growing prowess in the mobile software department.
It’s unclear exactly when we can expect a fixed version to be released. In the meantime, you can just use mobile browser optimised version of Gmail, which offers pretty much the same functionality sans the push notifications bit.
Official Gmail Blog