Google has created a suite of “lite” apps that are designed for its Android Go extraordinary configuration for extra resource-constrained phones. Everyone, however, should in all likelihood do with such light-weight options to Google’s core apps, presuming they’re also inclined to live with the compromises. Google has, fortunately, made some of these apps on hand outside of Android Go phones and, for at least a day, it appeared that Gmail Go would grow to be one of those. Unfortunately, that joy was short-lived and Google has pulled out the plug on the app’s unintentional availability.
Launched back in 2018, the Gmail Go app used to be absolutely a alternatively ordinary model of the full version, and in a instead good way. In terms of core functionality, it is virtually same to the principal Gmail experience, solely that it comes at half the measurement in phrases of storage consumption. In different words, it almost makes the important Gmail app’s large dimension questionable.
Given latest accusations of bloating up Gmail with an pointless Meet tab, it wasn’t stunning that many eagerly jumped on Gmail Go when it became accessible for almost all Android phones. But then simply as it arrived unexpectedly, it was additionally yanked out barring warning. You can’t set up Gmail Go now until you have an Android Go phone, at least no longer by the official, easy means.
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Google confirmed with Android Police that disposing of Gmail Go’s wider availability was once intentional. It was, in fact, simply a glitch that the app even grew to become installable on all Android phones. As to whether or not it plans to alternate that, Google isn’t pronouncing for now.
It’s truly disappointing that Google nonetheless hasn’t made Gmail Go extra widely available, in particular when different “Go” apps are. Perhaps because it paints the major Gmail app in a greater bad mild that it has decided not to stir the hornet’s nest further.