Google is working on a native Gmail application for the iPhone and may even have already submitted the app to Apple for approval, according to one report.
Currently, Gmail is supported on the iPhone as a web app. It does its job fairly well, but a native app would probably be faster and could include some extra features such as advanced search and push notifications.
However, there’s a question of whether Apple would allow a native email app on iOS, given that it would be a direct competitor to its own Mail app, which is an integral part of the platform.
MG Siegler, citing several sources familiar with the matter, doesn’t have a lot of info about the upcoming app, but he claims push notifications are sure to be a part of it. And, he says, Priority Inbox and one-click starring of messages will likely to be included.
As for when can we expect this shiny new app to reach our iPhones and iPads, “soon” is all we have.
Google declined to comment on the possibility of a native Gmail iPhone app.