“The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications,” read a tweet on the Gmail Twitter feed. “We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up.”
When launched, 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.
The rest of the app functioned as intended, but many early users registered their disappointment. The app was not able to host email on the user’s device, and seemed little different from the interface you get when visiting Gmail on the Safari browser.
“We’re working to bring you a new version soon,” Gmail Product Manager Matthew Izatt wrote in an update to his blog post. “Everyone who’s already installed the app can continue to use it.”
We’ve reached out to Google to find out why this much-delayed app was launched with buggy code and a lack of native email hosting. But in the meantime, let us know your thoughts in the comments.