Google's next Android overhaul is said to embrace iPhone 'notch'

Herbert Rhodes
February 16, 2018

Days after rolling out the slimmed down version of the original Gmail app, aka Gmail Go to the web users, Google on Thursday introduced the mobile version of the application as well. Up until now, Google release YouTube, Assistant and Gboard for Android smartphones that pack less than 1GB RAM. The new Android Oreo (Go edition) based Gmail Go app is now available for download via the Google Play store phone version. In simpler terms, Gmail Go is almost half the size of the regular Gmail app.

Looks-wise, it's similar to the earlier version of the regular Gmail app and has all the basic features like an inbox that prioritizes emails from contacts and separates social and promotional ones. That doesn't mean someone with, say, an older Android device might not want a more frugal version of Gmail to maximize the use they get out of their phone without needing to upgrade.

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But like other Go apps, Gmail Go doesn't consume as much storage space on the device. According to Google, "the Gmail you love" has just got lighter and just as fast. Nonetheless, it supports multiple accounts from Gmail and other email clients, including and Yahoo Mail. We've asked Google for more information about the app's feature set, and what exactly is it that Go does to reduce the burden on low-end smartphones. Android Police reported that the size of app is 24.80MB compared to 47.28MB for the regular app. The interface of the new app is also quite identical to the original Gmail for Android, though you may notice the change in the user profile section that sits on top of the title bar and displays your profile photo and background image on the regular Gmail app. Android Go is an operating system designed for entry-level devices. Interestingly, via Gmail Go, you can both read and respond both online and offline and also find messages quickly with a powerful search engine.

Google has launched the lightweight Gmail Go app for Android 8.1 devices (via FoneArena).

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