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Twitter erupted with euphoria last week when Google released its Gmail application for iPhones, and within an hour or so of the launch, Google pulled the application and sounds of palms hitting foreheads was heard across the U.S.
The trumpeted launch signalled the start of a new mobile era for the company, which had in the same week announced that it was pulling its support for the BlackBerry application.
Google's fumbled launch made them look like they were unprepared, or rushed the rollout of the application, which had been hoped to have been released for some time. One seemingly simple bug caused the pullback of the application from millions of Apple's smartphones worldwide, and left many disappointed.
It also left many questioning how potent Google still is on the world technology stage.