25 April 2018
Google has released Gmail Go app on the Play Store for Android Go devices. As the name suggests, it is a lightweight version of the main Gmail app meant for low-power Android devices. It is basically a part of Google's Android Go ecosystem which has already received apps like YouTube Go, Maps Go, Google Go, and Assistant Go.
The Play Store listing of Gmail Go describes it as "The Gmail you love, now lighter and just as fast". It seems like the app will deliver almost all the major Gmail features while making sure that it runs faster and smoother on devices with 1GB or less RAM. The official listing highlights key Gmail Go features as:
- A smarter inbox - Focus on messages from friends and family first, while social and promotional emails are categorized neatly for when you have time.
- Less spam - Your account stays safe and clutters free because Gmail Go blocks spam before it hits your inbox.
- 15GB of free storage - Forget about deleting messages to save space.
- Multiple account support - Set up both Gmail and non-Gmail addresses (Outlook.com, Yahoo Mail, or other IMAP/POP email)
While the listing makes it feel like that there is not much difference between the main and Go version, the Android Police hands-on with the app reveals the same too. The whole user experience is similar to the main Gmail app including swipe gestures for archiving or deleting emails.
If you are interested in using the Gmail Go app, it is now listed on the Play Store for download. But it should be noted that it is restricted to Android Go devices which will be coming later this year. It means, for the time being, your best bet is to grab the APK and manually install the same.