It’s easy to forget sometimes that Google is not a giant monolithic entity that eats your search data, but is in fact, run by people. And people can make mistakes; like for instance releasing a much anticipated app with a crippling bug. That’s what’s going down today as Google has had to pull the just released Gmail iOS app after a bug was found that rendered notifications non-functional.
Just hours after the app appeared, Google’s Gmail Twitter account posted, “The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications. We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up.” The flaw also throws an error message each time the app is opened. Google claims that the problem is actively being worked on, but no ETA for an update was given.
The Gmail app has been high on every iPhone user’s ‘want’ list since the platform launched. The app features conversation view, stars, labels, and at some point, notifications. We suspect that some Googlers are going to be burning the midnight oil tonight.