Google started introducing lite version for some of its most popular apps for lower powered device — the “Go edition” of all its apps will run smoothly on lower powered device. The Go version was mainly pre-install in affordable Android Go device that will be sold in developing market like Africa.
That is the goal for Google — to bring its lightweight version of its most popular app to developing market. Now Gmail Go is now available on the Google Play Store, and anyone with an Android Go device can get the lightweight version.
And just yesterday Google introduce Gmail Go for everyone that uses Android and the app have already been download over 100 million times and that shows people want a lightweight version for their app in other to stop consuming heavy data. But just after 24 hours after releasing it for all Android users, Gmail Go is no longer available to download on non-Android Go devices.
Smartphones with lower RAM and processor that are sold in developing markets like Africa brought about the “Go edition” of Google app like YouTube Go, Google Go, Assistant Go, Gallery Go, Google Maps Go, and Navigation for Google Maps Go and they are available for every Android Go user.
The Gmail Go app is nearly similar to the normal version but a slight of changes were made to reduces how it uses mobile data with less RAM. The difference between the Gmail and Gmail Go is the app icon — the image above show the Gmail Go icon where the “Go” is added at the bottom. If you’ve being using the update version of Gmail there is Google Meet button at the bottom — but there is no bottom bar for Google Meet in Gmail Go.
Everything look the same for the Gmail Go version and its still support multiple account and different inbox into receive emails.
And another key difference for Gmail and Gmail Go is how the Go version UI design is more basic and also removing layers and shadow. Gmail Go will lag as you browse through the app if you’re using it on a device with a higher refresh rate. And it shows that it’s for lower powered device.
If you’ve a more standard and powerful device you won’t be able to download and use Gmail Go — and if you’ve already install the app in this case you get to consume lower data and sometimes it may lag.