My choice for a GPush alternative – Gmail Push Notification
Posted by wetscalpel on January 12, 2011
As noted in the previous post, GPush from Tiverias Apps has become a #ZombieApp and has now ceased to work. Many people (especially on Twitter…) are looking for an alternative, as am I.
I thought I would share my reasons for the choice I have made.
What I want.
Ideally I was after :-
- a FREE app/service that would give me FAST alerts. Sound or text was an added extra but not needed.
- ALSO – learning from my experience with GPush, I ideally did NOT want to compromise my email security – by either giving out my password OR forwarding my mail.
- A full push service where the email itself was pushed in real time so I could read it immediately without going to the web Gmail account would also be a major bonus
This limited my choice – a lot!!
1) - meant that most of the apps in the app store were a no go; and free services – like Boxcar – failed at point 2) and 3) . I gather you forward your email to them, they push a message alert/header and you open a web browser to see the GMail site; even though they don’t KEEP your messages, I don’t like forwarding my email to a third party; also I am already forwarding from multiple other accounts TO my Gmail, so do I really want to forward them on again? However, I admit – BOXCAR is my backup plan.
Of course several people – even Tiverias apps themselves – had said that Google was a good successor. However, “everyone else” said that the Google app was no good! I HAVE had the google iPhone app for many months – and I agree – I never seem to get push notifications over it – although they have been activated.
What I now use.
It seems I and (going by the comments on Twitter) many others, were making a fundamental error; it is NOT the Google APP we want – it is Google Sync – Google’s Push email service for Gmail – that hooks directly into your inbuilt iPhone Email client/account using a Microsoft exchange service. Let me repeat that IT IS NOT THE GOOGLE APP .
Once I actually looked at the web instructions and set up my iPhone – I received almost instantaneous notifications by a badge alert (remember I have it set to PUSH not FETCH) with the email immediately readable when I open the mail app. No message header popping up but otherwise exactly what I want. You do have to be careful about the initial set-up, especially if you are NOT syncing your calendar etc with Google (which I don’t – I’m also a MobileMe user) but the instructions are VERY specific.
So there you are – I have a free, fast, safe push email notification service for Gmail that I am confident will not become a #ZombieApp - unless Google liquidates<!>.