It has been some time since Google announced the Android Go program. Since then the company has been hard at work to release Go variants of its apps which work smoothly even on under-powered smartphones. Today the company released the Go variant of its Gmail app in the Play Store. The app will be compatible with Android 8.1 Oreo and above. The main purpose of this app is to let users access Gmail without using up much RAM and data on their basic smartphone.
The Android Go software suite currently consists of Gmail Go, Files Go, Gboard Go, Google Go, Maps Go and YouTube Go. The new Gmail Go app supports all of the basic features of the normal Gmail app and removes the unnecessary clutter to bring the size of the app down and the speed up. The normal Gmail app has a file size of 20.66MB (47MB when installed), whereas the Go variant only takes up 9.51MB (25MB when installed).
The overall look and feel of the Gmail Go app is very similar to the regular Gmail app that we use on a daily basis. However, as of now, there aren’t many smartphones that can run the application. But soon we will see Android Go powered smartphones populate the market, then is when the actual utility of this app will come to the fore.
If you have a device running Google’s Android 8.1 operating system, you can head to the Play Store and test the app yourself. However, if you are running any other version of the operating system you won’t be able to access it yet.