Nov. 1, 2011 at 10:46 AM ET
The Gmail service is great. The iPhone is great. But the two products don't work together as well as they could right now. Where are push notifications? Where's one-click starring? What about that great priority inbox? Don't worry. Google may have a solution in the works.
Tech columnist MG Siegler reports that Google is "on the verge of" launching its own native iPhone app. Based on information he has gathered from multiple sources, Siegler infers that the app may even be going through the Apple App Store approval process right now.
A native iPhone app would offer features not available through Gmail's mobile Web interface, like those I mentioned up top. But it's difficult to imagine that Apple might allow another mail app onto its mobile devices — there was talk that it would never do such a thing in the past — and the company's relationship with Google has been strained over the years.
Still Siegler has a solid track record when it comes to uncovering apps that are in the pipeline — such as the Facebook iPad app which was finally released in the beginning of October — and several other unlikely Google apps (including Google Voice) have gotten the thumbs up from Apple already.
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