UPDATE: The app has now been pulled from the Play Store for all devices except those running Android Go, with users now confronted with a message saying, “Your device isn’t compatible with this version.”
The company has quietly released Gmail Go, a low-scale version of its popular email service, for all Android users to download on the Play Store now.
The new, “lighter” version of Gmail should offer a more user-friendly experience for those with older or less powerful smartphones, toning down the CPU and battery life demands of the full app.
Google snuck out the release under the radar, so it’s tricky at first to identify exactly what sets Gmail Go apart from its bigger brother. Its posting on the Play Store describes the new service as “the Gmail you love, now lighter and just as fast”.
Google has a range of “Go” branded apps for many of its services, including Maps