Google offers “go” variants of its most popular applications for low-power devices. This week, Gmail Go is silently available for download to all users, regardless of device, In the Play Store.
Update 10/9: Yesterday’s development seems to have happened by accident towards Google. After just 24 hours, Gmail Go is no longer available for download on non-Android devices.
Visiting the list in Pixel, where you can install the Lite app earlier, will give you a red alert in red “Your device is not compatible with this version”. Oddly enough, the Go recommendation from the main Gmail client still appears this evening. It would eventually make sense for Google to roll back this wide availability, but it is still unfortunate for users already involved.
Original 10/8Play Store listings for apps: Is almost identical, But Google specifies how the Go variant can make “Gmail the way you want it to be easier and faster now”. Google Go screenshots not updated.
The only difference with the app logo is how the red “go” badge looks at the bottom. Once launched, the apps will be visible where everything is and where it is installed. Emails in the main list can be swiped with customizable left / right actions, but support for multiple accounts and different inbox organization.
However, the bottom bar does not exist because Google Meet is not integrated into Gmail Go. It is unclear how the Google workspace will affect this move forward.
One of the other differences is how the UI elements are lifted. No layering, and no shadow. Instead, Gmail Go uses a white texture for the search field and uses an elongated FAB, although it shrinks into a circle as you scroll.
Additionally, the frame rate is very clearly covered so that a noticeable log appears when you scroll and open the slide navigation drawer. This is performance optimization for devices with limited processor and RAM.
If you visit the general Gmail list, the Play Store will notice how to get “similar app”. This is what happened this week with the installation of Gmail Go on our various pixel devices running Android 11 in the US and Europe.
This is how other Go apps are available to all users: Google Go, Go to the gallery, Go to Google Maps, And Go to Navigation for Google Maps. Assistant Go And YouTube Go Now the only app that doesn’t support all devices.
Gmail Go may not make much sense to users outside the intended audience, but it’s a pleasure to have an option available.
Thanks Michael, RKBDI!
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