Bug forces Google to pull Gmail app

November 2, 2011

Google unveiled an email application for Apple's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch on Wednesday but was forced to pull it just hours later because of a bug.

"Earlier today we launched a new Gmail app for iOS," the operating system for the Apple devices, the Mountain View, California-based Internet search giant said in a blog post.

"Unfortunately, it contained a bug which broke notifications and caused users to see an error message when first opening the app," it said.

"We've removed the app while we correct the problem, and we're working to bring you a new version soon," Google said. "Everyone who's already installed the app can continue to use it."

In a Twitter message on its @, Google apologized for the flub saying it was "sorry we messed up."

The application was designed to improve the Gmail experience for users of Google's popular email program on Apple devices.

"It's designed to be fast, efficient and take full advantage of the touchscreen and notification capabilities of your device," said.

One of the touted features was push notifications to alert users to new messages.

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