Google was hit by outages in several countries, with users reporting issues with Gmail, Google Drive, Hangouts and Google Maps.
Usera in Australia, the US, Europe and Asia report problems as Google says applications are experiencing ‘issues’
Various websites that track Gmail problems and outages, showed a spike in users reporting problems with the email service from about 1pm AEDT (2am GMT).
In a statement on their service website, Google said: “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behaviour.”
Gmail has more than one billion users.
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Those affected were unable to send emails, receiving an error message that said “Message could not be sent. Check your network and try again”. Others experienced problems opening attachments.
Google has not confirmed the cause of the outages or how long they would last.