Google may finally be launching a native Gmail app for iOS. Currently, Gmail users must settle for the service’s web interface or importing an account into Mail.app, but neither of these options allow for the full experience of using a native application. For example, the mobile site lacks a notification system, and Mail.app cannot take advantage of Priority Inbox or other Gmail-specific features. Although, sending mail from outside the app may not be as seamless as users may hope, since the “Email” context button is restricted to Mail.app.
According to MG Siegler, the application may already be submitted to the App Store for approval.
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. Perhaps even surprisingly so.