In a nutshell, the app was not ready for prime time. To their credit the Gmail team did the right thing.
Forget about what it was supposed to do. Most who have worked their way through the notification errors and the like are wondering why this was even necessary. Everyone’s favorite social media gadfly, Robert Scoble has used Google’s own Google Plus as a platform for trashing the app.
No need to go through the problems with the app. That ground has been trampled to death in other places. What is needed to ask is how something like this happened? Could it be as crazy as Google doing it on purpose to eventually point to how tough it is to do anything in walled garden environment of Apple? Even I think that is a real stretch.
In the end this “need” to have an app for everything is proving to be dangerous in some cases when the rollouts don’t meet expectations. Considering Google’s competitive situation with Apple maybe they just don’t care whether it works for iOS or not.
So what have we learned from this episode? I’m not sure. As an Android user its no skin off my you know what. What about you Apple folks? Is this an issue for you?