Update: The service seems to be back up now. Tell us if you're still facing issues. Woops! The service seems to wobbly at the moment, and is inaccessible again, as on 1:30pm IST!
On its Apps Status Dashboard, Google has updated users with the situation - "We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly. Users are receiving an error with number 502."
Google has updated its Apps Status Dashboard with this latest post - "The problem with Gmail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."
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Gmail seems to be inaccessible at the moment and users are being greeted by a 502 error: "The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request. Please try again in 30 seconds". While there is no mention of it on the Apps Status Dashboard, Twitter is abuzz with users venting their frustration. One user with the handle @AlyshaLobo tweeted, "Now Is it just me or has Gmail gone down AGAIN??!!! Its working from my phone but dead from my pc... #twothingsthatdontmixwell." Another user with the handle @BombayCityWalah tweeted, "#Gmail going done is worst for so many business @googleindia wake up"
Downrightnow.com says that the service has most likely been hit by a service disruption. It bases its findings on the user reports and official announcements..
The service disruption marker on the Apps Status Dashboard
Only recently, both Gmail and Google Chat went down for nearly an hour. The disruption came to light when many Twitter users complained of the service being inaccessible. Interestingly, the downtime was only experienced in the web interface of Gmail, with both the mail and chat service working perfectly on our mobile phones.
Last week too, Gmail services had hit a roadblock and was rendered inaccessible for many. At the time, Google stated on its Apps Status Dashboard that there was an issue with Postini services, which caused the disruption. "Our network operations team identified a 3rd party issue that was affecting System 200 inbound and outbound mail. Customers were experiencing 421 errors that resulted in deferrals," Google wrote. Postini is an e-mail and Web security and archiving service that provides cloud computing services for filtering e-mail spam and malware (before it is delivered to a client's mail server), offers optional e-mail archiving, and protects client networks from web-borne malware.
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