Almost as soon as it had arrived, the much-heralded official Gmail app for the iPhone was pulled after user complaints and bug issues.

Not Ready for Prime Time?

After a few weeks of previews and leaked news, the iPhone Gmail app was supposed to be a bit of a star. Alas, this star soon went nova as iPhone users complained and technical issues became immediately apparent.

Google soon removed the app from the store and has put up a brief note: "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."


One of Google's press pics for its failed app

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Unhappy Users

Users, meanwhile, were less than pleased. Aside from this main issue, people have reported poor scrolling performance, the app is slow to respond to input, and there is (apparently -- the app was pulled before we could get it)  no support for multiple inboxes.

While the main error could be a configuration problem, and easily solved, these other issues need to be addressed before Google tries again. Does this affair show Google's real disdain for the millions of iOS users, as it focuses on Android? Or is there really a problem with Google's semi-permanent beta-first approach to its apps?