If you’re an iPhone owner and also happen to be a Gmail user, you may want to pay attention. Word on the street is that Google is putting the finishing touches on a native Gmail application for the iOS platform.

MG Siegler, an Apple columnist for TechCrunch, made the announcement last night. The tech writer has learned that Google is nearly finished with an iOS-flavored native Gmail app, and it’s headed for the App Store

“Google is on the verge of launching their native Gmail app, multiple sources tell me. In fact, I believe it has already been submitted to Apple for review. If it gets approved, it should be out soon. And I think it’s going to be approved. This is great news for a couple of reasons. First: native Gmail app! Awesome. Second: those who have seen the app tell me it’s pretty fantastic.”

Of course, you can already access Gmail in iOS via Safari. You can also setup a Gmail account through the Mail application. You can even get your emails pushed to you via this neat Exchange hack. So why would you need a native Gmail app?

From the sounds of it, the app will be for folks who utilize Gmail’s additional features, such as one-click email flagging and Priority Inbox. Of course, all of this is pending the application’s approval. We’ll keep you updated on the app’s status.

Would you use a native Gmail app?

  • kirk

    its gonna suck, like most google apps on iOS

    • have you seen any google app at all? noob. i see even facebook mimic few features.
      will i use the app? hell no, i wont be reading emails in different palces, plus i just fall in love with intelliscreenX

  • Chazz

    i only use gmail for e-mail on my iphone. if their app is better than apple’s, i’ll switch

  • mark

    Apple doesn’t have the balls to reject a big name like Google anymore. Can you imagine Tim Cook explaining to investors that they rejected it because ‘he’ felt it was the right choice?! haha. The days of strong arming is over. RIP SJ

  • Andrew

    I have no issue with the native mail app. I find it hard to imagine that the gmail app will work as flawlessly as the native mail app, but if it somehow does, I’ll use it, as my only email accounts are on gmail.

    One thing that comes to me off the top of my head, that I seriously doubt the app will handle, is when another app links you to the mail app, such as to send a picture from the photo app, send an email from safari, email from other camera apps, etc, etc. Those will still link to the native mail app unless you are jailbroken and a tweak comes out to route them to the gmail app. Because of this, to me, it would only be a half solution, so I’ll be hestitant to use it for whatever small benefit it may give over the native mail app. The idea of these apps is great, but the iOS system is still to close in terms of APIs for one app to interact with another, or to tightly integrate with the core OS.

  • aserettt

    why not spend the time/resources on other things, such a international google voice.. instead of working on projects for things that already have a great solution.

    google mail, contacts and calendar syncs great with the iphone’s native apps… why fix something that’s not broken?

  • Xepptizz

    Google translate, reasonably functional but horribe lay-out and esthetics.
    Google app: hardly works better then the webversion and added functions are so so.

    Native apple apps lack some of the features, but atleast they work smoothly and load lghtning fast.

  • Mike

    I find the native mail app to be lacking when it comes to truly taking advantage of the way Google does mail. The priority inbox is something I’ve come to really like about Gmail on the web, as it helps me not to forget about emails I read briefly but need to follow up on later. I think the native Gmail app will be a nice option. It remains to be seen whether it’s a better one.

    One thing’s for sure, the Mail app is still garbage when compared to the Exchange mailbox management features available via the BlackBerry OS. Anything that can be done to bridge that gap, I am completely on board with.

  • Mike

    I find the native mail app to be lacking when it comes to truly taking advantage of the way Google does mail. The priority inbox is something I’ve come to really like about Gmail on the web, as it helps me not to forget about emails I read briefly but need to follow up on later. I think the native Gmail app will be a nice option. It remains to be seen whether it’s a better one.

  • Mike

    One thing’s for sure, the Mail app is still garbage when compared to the Exchange mailbox management features available via the BlackBerry OS. iOS5 does add *some* of the more popular features, but it’s got a long way to go. Anything that can be done to bridge the gap, I am completely on board with.

  • Mike

    Sorry for the double post. The site kept telling me it failed to post. :-/

  • bc

    I probably won’t use this. I manage 3-4 email accounts through the mail app. I don’t want a separate app just for gmail.

  • Todd

    I just understand the point of a native app when you can already have gmail in the mail accounts. Why have more apps then you need. I do agree with the very first post. Native Google apps usually turn out very poor.

  • Dan

    doubt i’ll use this, I use the native mail app for my gmail account and me @me.com account, adding another app for mail would be hassle for nothing. Although, if they somehow work in google docs I might use it.

  • Ins0mniac

    It depends how full featured the client is. Having the typically slick aesthetics and high speed of a native iOS app, combined with the power of Gmail’s advanced tagging and filtering systems, it actually has the potential to be pretty cool.

    Have you guys seen the 3rd party crap that currently resides in the App Store, that has the cheek to loosely associate itself with Google? They’re all the same ugly, light blue mobile web UI, with dysfunctional crappy “features”, and useless over-priced in-app purchases (one called iGmail charges $5 to “unlock” push messages!). And these apps fool people that don’t realize you can load up the same light blue web UI in mobile Safari (twice as quickly with Safari’s new JavaScript engine I might add! ๐Ÿ™‚ )

    Anything made by Google will have to be a huge improvement over these other crappy iOS Gmail “apps” and it will be great to hopefully see them disappear. If Google’s app is free (and everything by Google is ad supported, so I imagine it will be) it will be great when you need to set up some more tags and sort through bulk emails. It’ll be even better if it’s a universal app with a well thought out iPad UI! ๐Ÿ™‚

    I don’t think anyone could always use a third party email app, instead of iOS’s tightly integrated native email client. Given you can’t change your default client on iOS, that’s pretty much impossible anyway. However I’ve still been longing for a proper Gmail client, that has similar functionality to the desktop browser, for times when I want more advanced functionality. In case you’re wondering; the full Gmail desktop site loaded in Safari on the iPad2 is virtually unusable due to a low frame rate, and other wierd scaling issues.

    So I’m definitely in the optimistic camp, and I hope this is the great Gmail app I’ve been waiting four years for! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Maia

    Dont see the reason in getting it, if I’m already having my email pushed to me through the pre-installed Mail app on my iDevice.

  • Cristian

    For people with a lot of emails, filters and tags are a must have. At the moment I am frustrated with the native mail client. Almost all the time I must go through the web to do a proper job with the emails.