Google says Gmail Go is for slow phones, not compatible with fast devices

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Google has limited the availability of the Gmail Go app, the lite or unlocked version of Gmail to Android Go or low-end smartphones, again. The Gmail Go app was intended for these low-end smartphones because it doesn’t require a lot of RAM or storage. That changed earlier this week, as Gmail Go was soon available for all Android users.

Go applications are intended for low-end smartphones. restricted the Gmail Go app to budgeted devices running Android Go. The Go variant on Gmail on PlayStore says “Gmail you love, now lighter and just as fast.” However, for users of phones with high-end processors, Gmail Go is not downloaded, indicating that their phone is not compatible if they try to download the app now.

Gmail Go does the basic work, but differs from Gmail in many ways. It has a Go badge to help distinguish the app. The lower bar with Google Meet is missing in the light version. According to a report from Android Police, a standard Gmail app is around 80MB, the Gmail Go is only 9.9MB.

Also, the UI elements of the Gmail Go app are not high. There is no superposition or shadow. On the contrary, Gmail Go uses a white outline for the search box. 9to5 Google noted that the frame rate in Gmail Go is also capped and causes a noticeable lag when users scroll and open the navigation drawer. Due to these limitations, Gmail Go was designed for devices with limited CPU and RAM.

Google has already made Google Go, Gallery Go and Google Maps Go available for all Android smartphones. These apps are also optimized to work seamlessly, even on slower internet speeds.

Gmail Go was soon available for all Android devices. Google confirmed this was a problem

News Highlights:

  • Gmail Go launched in 2018 for low-end devices with less RAM and storage.
  • Gmail Go was made available for all Android devices earlier this week.
  • Google has confirmed this to be a problem and has once again restricted the availability of Gmail Go.


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