Google pulls Gmail app

Just hours after launching its Gmail for iOS app, Google yanked it from the iTunes app store saying that it contained a bug.

The search outfit tweeted that it was sorry and had pulled the app to fix the problem.

Apple users were confused after the Gmail app displayed an error that read: “no valid ‘aps-environment’ entitlement string found for application.” This error appeared to refer to push notifications, such as displaying the number of unread messages on the app icon.

While the rest of the app functioned as intended, many Apple fanboys went ballistic on various bulletin boards.

The app could not host email on the user’s device, and was different from the interface you get when visiting Gmail using Safari.

Writing in his bog, Gmail Product Manager Matthew Izatt said that everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it and a new version will be out soon.

However it seems strange that a much-delayed app was launched with buggy code and a lack of native email hosting. Even stranger was how it got through Apple’s rigorous app checking process.