GPush is an awesome new iPhone app by Tiverias Apps that notifies you when you receive an email to your Gmail account. Its first few days were a bit sketchy but it seems to be working great now. I have Gmail open in Firefox all day and GPush pretty much always notifies me of a new email before I see the little (1) on the Gmail tab.
Entrepreneurs and product managers everywhere should take note of this product. First off, the problem they tackled meets the three important criteria:
- Pervasive: everyone with an iPhone and a Gmail account has to wait for the iPhone to poll Gmail for new emails, every 15 mins, 30 mins, or 1 hour depending on settings (while their friends with BlackBerries get emails instantly)
- Urgent: that market has had the problem since the iPhone was originally released
- Willing to pay: FWIW I’m part of this market and was more than happy to pay $0.99 for a solution to this problem
Their solution is just about perfect. It’s incredibly simple: you install the app, give it your Gmail username & password, and that’s it. And as long as they keep the service working properly it works great: you’re notified instantly when you get a new email to your Gmail address.
I know there have been a lot of unhappy GPush users so far, but it’s only been out for about a week. I’m willing to cut them some slack at this point, and I’ve seen an incredible improvement over the last few days. If GPush turns out to be a big fail long-term I’ll be happy to criticize it, but at this point I think Tiverias has done an awesome job!