Google finally unveils Gmail Go for low-RAM devices

Posted February 16, 2018

Google recently announced Android Oreo Go Edition, a light version of its operating system which can run smoothly on low-end phones with less than 1 GB of RAM (note that it is different from Android One which is just a stock version of Android supported directly by Google).

The Gmail Go offers a smarter inbox which displays messages from friends and family first, while social and promotional emails are categorized neatly for when you have time.

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In fact, according to numerous reports, Gmail Go clocked in at a 9.51 MB download, and takes up roughly 25 MB of space on a device, compared with Gmail's 20.66 MB download, and 47 MB storage space. It is designed specifically for the Android Go phone users and will be available for download from Google Play Store. The light version provides almost the same experience as the regular Gmail app, but the APK size is much smaller: 9.51MB vs 20.66MB.

The Go version of Gmail app works a lot like the original Gmail app, and also comes with some additional features and some cosmetic or design changes here and there. It will give you all the basic and mostly used features in your not so powerful hardware phone. This feature works as online and offline so you can directly read and respond to the emails right from the home screen of your entry level Android Go smartphone.

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The company mentioned in a description, "The Gmail you love, now lighter and just as fast".

Well, if you have device running on Android 8.1 Oreo can directly shoot up to the Google Play. Android devices dominate in the low and mid-range side of the market while Apple owns the high end thanks to its pricey iPhone 8 and iPhone X. The iPhone X has a starting price of $999. Let's wait and watch for the Android Go to launch with more devices. Of course, the prime objective of the Gmail Go app is to provide Gmail access amidst using less RAM and data.

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Overall, the Gmail Go interface looks nearly exactly like the main app - there's the multi-select option, and then there's also swipe gestures available.