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Web Pans Google’s Gmail App for iPhone (Updated: “Googla Culpa”)

Google on Wednesday released an iOS app for Gmail, bringing a native email client to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

However, the reaction from early downloaders was nearly universally negative, with editors from Mashable, Engadget and other sites all having nothing nice to say.

“I have to admit, I’m near tears at how bad this gmail app is,” wrote the Verge’s Chris Ziegler in a post on Twitter. “Is it okay to cry?”

“Yeah, it’s horrible,” responded Engadget’s Myriam Joire.

For those who still want to experience it firsthand, the app is available from the App Store and works on all devices running iOS 4 and later.

UPDATE: Google says the Web has a point, and has pulled the app. Here’s the text of a Google+ “Googla culpa” post from Google “apps guy” Dave Girouard: “Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS. Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app. We’ve removed the app while we correct the problem, and we’re working to bring you a new version soon. Everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it.”


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— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work