Google releases lighter version of Gmail in the Play Store

Alan Olson
February 16, 2018

As per reports, the Gmail Go is available for only Android Oreo devices.

If we talk more about this Gmail Go app, it is not available for all the smartphones. Nonetheless, it supports multiple accounts from Gmail and other email clients, including and Yahoo Mail. You can also drag it to the corners of the screen if you like, in the event you're using speakerphone or headphones and want to access the internet or another app while you're on the call. This is what makes the Gmail Go work smoothly on the Android Go phone size despite its smaller memory. It comes weeks after the release other Go edition apps, including Files Go, Gboard Go, Google Go, Maps Go, and YouTube Go. Android Police reported that the size of app is 24.80MB compared to 47.28MB for the regular app. Interestingly, via Gmail Go, you can both read and respond both online and offline and also find messages quickly with a powerful search engine. The light version provides almost the same experience as the regular Gmail app, but the APK size is much smaller: 9.51MB vs 20.66MB. Despite its lightweight build, the Gmail Go app provides you with an advanced inbox that categorises social and promotional emails under different tabs to help you focus on important messages first.

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The latest Android update version 8.1.0 is still being rolled out to users' devices, so there's a chance that there are still some running the older version of Android Oreo. The interface looks largely similar to the original app, with the most visible change being in the "user profile" section that now sits on top of the title bar and does not display your profile picture and background image like that on the regular Gmail app.

Gmail Go's file size is just at 9.51 MB and will take up around 25MB of space on your device, as opposed to the full app's 20.66MB download size and 47MB storage space needed. Officially they - and Gmail Go - are targeted at emerging markets, where cellular connections can either be slower than the USA and other countries enjoy, or prohibitively expensive.

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