Google started introducing the lite version for some of its most popular apps for the lower powered devices — the “Go edition” of all its apps will run smoothly on lower powered devices. The Go version was mainly pre-install in affordable Android Go devices that will be sold in developing markets like Africa.
That is the goal for Google — to bring its lightweight version of its most popular app to the developing market. Now Gmail Go is available on the Google Play Store, and anyone with an Android Go device can get the lightweight version.
And just yesterday Google introduces Gmail Go for everyone that uses Android and the app has 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 slight changes were made to reduces how it uses mobile data with less RAM. The difference between Gmail and Gmail Go is the app icon — the image above shows the Gmail Go icon where the “Go” is added at the bottom.
If you’ve been using the updated version of Gmail there is a Google Meet button at the bottom — but there is no bottom bar for Google Meet in Gmail Go.
Everything looks the same for the Gmail Go version and its still support multiple accounts and different inbox too receive emails.
And another key difference between 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 devices.
If you have a more standard and powerful device you won’t be able to download and use Gmail Go — and if you’ve already installed the app, in this case, you get to consume lower data, and sometimes it may lag.