Gmail App for iOS devices faced many complaints it was first launched on the iOS App Store. It was quietly removed and then restored with new and improved features. The new app not only has a new version number with instructions to remove the old app if you managed to snag it before, but also has fewer bugs than before. If you are still curious as to why Google retracted Gmail app from the App Store, read on.
Why Google Retracted the Gmail App for iOS
According to many frustrated and agitated users when the app was downloaded and installed it displayed the following error.
“no valid ‘aps-environment entitlement string found for application”
This error was not comprehensible to many iPhone users and added to the disappointment. But it was perceived that the push notification by the Gmail app was disabled. This was not all, in fact after skipping the message users saw many other issues with the app that were related to the overall usability and the functionality. So it was no surprise that Google took it out of the App Store and apologized politely on Twitter.
Features of the Older Version
The older version of Gmail was much better compared to the default Mail app that comes with all Apple computing platforms.
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The prominent feature that was apparent was the collapsible bar which compared to the conventional way was more user friendly. This works by just giving it a slight nudge and it collapses on the left. This was due to the fact that conventional mails app would show menu options on another screen. Another feature that was introduced back then was the threaded view. This feature was probably the hook that made many users choose this app over the mail app installed by default. The old version was in fact quite a handsome app that worked better than the default app. But due to its premature release it was littered with many glitches and errors and therefore found itself facing the exit door.
The New App
Google’s much improved Gmail app has noticeable changes. You can now operate multiple accounts, set a custom signature, configure and set up a vacation responder, add labels including nested labels, new notification sound on iOS 5 to identify newly received mail messages, and even send Gmail messages as drawings. If you haven’t given it a try as yet, here’s your chance to download it.
This is a guest post by I am John S Lam. John writes for Pass Certification. He lives in Valley Drive Philadelphia, and blogs for Tech communities. He has also contributed to online expositions and provided material about Apple Certifications.