Google has limited the availability of the Gmail Go app, the lighter or deblocked version of Gmail to Android Go or low-end smartphones, once again. The Gmail Go app was meant for these low-end smartphones as it doesn’t require much when it comes to RAM or storage. That changed earlier this week as Gmail Go was made available shortly to all Android users.
Go apps are designed for low-end smartphones. has limited the Gmail Go app to budget devices with Android Go. The Go variant of Gmail on the PlayStore reads “Gmail you love, now lighter and just as fast”. However, for phone users with high-end processors, Gmail Go doesn’t download saying their phone isn’t compatible if they try to download the app now.
Gmail Go does the basic job but differs from Gmail in many ways. It has a Go badge to help distinguish the app. The bottom bar with Google Meet is absent in the lighter version. According to an Android police report, a normal Gmail app is around 80MB in size, Gmail Go comes in at just 9.9MB.
Also, the Gmail Go app UI elements aren’t elevated. There are no layers or shadows. Rather, Gmail Go uses a white outline for the search field. 9to5 Google noted that the frame rate in Gmail Go is also limited and results in a noticeable delay as users scroll through and open the navigation drawer. Due to these limitations, Gmail Go was designed for devices with limited processor and RAM.
Google has already implemented Google Go, Gallery Go and Google Maps Go available for all Android smartphones. These apps are also optimized to work flawlessly even at slower internet speeds.
Gmail Go was soon available for all Android devices. Google confirmed that it was a technical problem
- Gmail Go was 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 confirmed that this was a glitch and again limited the availability of Gmail Go.