Gmail Go for Android arrives at Google Play Store

Posted February 16, 2018

Google recently announced Android Oreo Go Edition, a light version of its operating system which can run smoothly on low-end phones with less than 1 GB of RAM (note that it is different from Android One which is just a stock version of Android supported directly by Google). Nonetheless, it supports multiple accounts from Gmail and other email clients, including Outlook.com and Yahoo Mail.

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Looks-wise, it's similar to the earlier version of the regular Gmail app and has all the basic features like an inbox that prioritizes emails from contacts and separates social and promotional ones. Gmail Go is meant to be used with devices running Android Go, the version of the OS for more affordable smartphones also targeted at those developing markets.

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Gmail Go not only takes up significantly less space on your phone, but uses less data than the standard Gmail app. Sadly though, the app can be downloaded only on devices running Android 8.1 Oreo. 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. You can see more about this feature on the shared screenshots. The app is created to work on low end Android devices with low RAM based on Android 8.1 Operating System. The size of the app goes up to 24.80MB as opposed to 47.28MB for the regular app. Interestingly, with Gmail Go you can read and respond both online & offline.

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Despite the smaller size, the Go version of Gmail app works a lot like the original app, and also comes with some additional features and some design tweaks here and there. It's available in limited territories for now and your phone needs to be running on Android 8.1 Oreo. 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. Lastly, Gmail Go has launcher app shortcuts as well which will let you straight away jump to any of your account inboxes or composing a message.