iPhone users with Gmail accounts rejoice! After four years of Apple's operating system (iOS) not having a native Gmail client, rumor has it that iPhones could soon be getting one.
Sure you can already access your Gmail on iPhones through third-party apps, but MG Siegler, a columnist for TechCrunch, writes of this rumored app on his blog ParisLemon saying it would have better functionality:
At first, the talk was that Apple wasn’t going to allow another mail app on their device. Then it was that Google was simply focusing on the mobile web (they’ve had a pretty good mobile web version of Gmail for a while). Then it was the strained (to put it mildly) relationship between Google and Apple. Still, other Google iPhone apps came. But never a Gmail one.
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.
Siegler writes that the ability to have push notifications with a native app will be a huge draw. Push notifications allow messages or alerts to be sent to the phone, even when the app isn't actively in use.