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FORBES: Why Didn’t Apple Stop Google’s Flawed iOS Gmail App?

Posted: November 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Forbes, Social Media, Technoid, Technology | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on FORBES: Why Didn’t Apple Stop Google’s Flawed iOS Gmail App?

iOS Gmail iPhone AppThere must have been joy at Apple when the new and seriously flawed Google Gmail app for Apple iOS devices arrived for testing. The app appeared in the Apple App Store for only a short time earlier today before being pulled. As Google tweeted about the mishap, “The iOS app we launched today contained a bug with notifications. We have pulled the app to fix the problem. Sorry we messed up” If Apple’s previous handling of new apps is any indication, Apple got the app, tested it, must have found the obvious bugs, and released it to the App Store anyway. How better to embarrass Google, its now arch-enemy? So what about Apple jerking around its customers? Google may have been foolish to submit the app with such easily discoverable problems. Still, is allowing Google to make a fool of itself really worthy of Apple allowing the app to be downloaded by Apple customers?

I think we all know that answer. And it makes Apple look a lot worse than Google.

The app was pulled so quickly, I almost imagine Apple was waiting for Google’s call and jerked the app fast enough to avoid major user headaches, but slowly enough to make Google look stupid.

It’s OK for Google and Apple to play games with one another. It’s not OK to catch customers in the crossfire. Obviously, Steve Jobs’ “take no prisioners” attitude lives on in Cupertino. Read the full article »»»»