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Gmail app trouble hitting users. Are you affected?

March 22, 2012

Following this rant on how Google’s home-cooked apps, particularly the Gmail app, don’t seem to be on the best of terms with their new Ice Cream Sandwich buddy, the timing has never been better (sorry, Google) to report this little hiccup. Our reader Jeff has tipped us off that many Gmail users have been experiencing difficulties accessing the Gmail app on their phones and tablets since yesterday. And we’re not just talking about ICS.

One common problem that users are experiencing is how the screen of the app just freezes and stops responding after being launched. Some people also report continuous screen flickering between the app and the homescreen. Unfortunately, the problems persists even after hard rebooting the device.

From a quick check, devices that are affected include Photon 4G on Sprint, Motorola Atrix on AT&T, Nexus S 4G, LG Optimus S on Sprint, Epic 4G on Sprint, HTR Raider on Rogers, MyTouch 4G Slide, Acer A500, and the list goes on. This is definitely one problem that does not discriminate, since it has been noticed on various Android platforms, both stock and rooted devices.

Have you been experiencing some abnormality with the Gmail app on your device? Chime in below and share the information. We’ll update this post as we hear more.

Thanks for the tip, Jeff!

[Update] Google says that a server issue caused the problems, which should now be solved. Here’s the statement from support:

We’ve isolated the issue and put a fix in and so the flickering should stop. If the flickering does not stop for you, try removing and re-adding the account on your device. If that does not work, feel free to reach out on this thread and we can continue to investigate. Thank you for all of your patience.

Does the fix work for you?

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