16 October 2020
UPDATE (October 13th, 2020):
Google has issued a clarification that the wider availability of Gmail Go was the result of a technical glitch. The issue has been fixed and the app is now restricted to Android Go devices again. It has further mentioned that there are no plans for bringing the app to all other devices. So if you were not able to install the app when it became available accidentally, your only option is to go for side-loading of the APK.
Original (October 9th, 2020)
If you are familiar with Googe's ecosystem for Android devices, you must have heard about the Go suite of apps. These apps are toned-down versions of respective main apps and are meant for Android Go devices. Gmail Go is one such application that was released in 2018 and now, it has been expanded to all Android devices.
The Play Store listing for Gmail Go is pretty much similar to the main Gmail app. The app name and logo are the main differences between the two listings. The lighter version app logo has "Go" in addition to the main Gmail logo. The app description also highlights the main usability difference, "The Gmail you love, now lighter and just as fast."
Here are other main features:
- 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)
Gmail Go can now be downloaded on any Android smartphone using the Play Store. If you are not seeing the download option for some reason, it is advised to wait and try again.