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So the Gmail app on my iPhone 4S notifies me with a badge that says I have 1,2,3...n unread messages. In true push format, when an email is sent to the account it notifies me fairly quickly, but when I click into the app it still has to download them so it's a bit of a pain to have to wait the 2-10 more seconds to able to READ the actual email.

Is this the way it's designed or is there a setting I'm forgetting about?

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No, it was designed that way.

The only notification are the badge and the sound.

But only Mail can push notify you and download the message in the background. For App Store app, you'll have to open them for the mail to be downloaded.

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