App to Push Gmail to iPhone Awaits Apple's OK

By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2009 11:00 AM CDT
Currently Gmail users have to 'pull' mail off of Google's servers onto their iPhones.   (©marcopako %uF8FF)
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(Newser) – For all the iPhone’s bells and whistles, it doesn’t mesh well with Gmail. While users of Palm Pre and Android smartphones get instant “push” notification of new email, iPhone users have to manually “pull” messages off Google’s server. A simple new app may finally bring push Gmail to the iPhone, TechCrunch reports—if Apple approves it for sale.

GPush, a tiny program that will cost 99¢, pings users’ iPhones whenever a new email message arrives. That will decrease wait time for updates from 15 minutes to just a few seconds—and it doesn’t suck battery life as manual checking does. GPush needs to be accepted for the App Store, and as MG Siegler notes, Apple has “a history of being picky when it comes to apps that revolve around email.”