Jun 19 AT 8:15 AM Nick Sarafolean 7 Comments

Google puts stock Email app into the Play Store, only for stock KitKat devices


One of the current trends in Android is manufacturers breaking their apps out from their UI or OS and placing them into the Play Store to provide quicker updates. Google is one of the companies that’ve been part of this trend, and the latest app to receive the treatment is the stock Android Email app. The app’s UI is similar to the Gmail app, but rather than being restricted to only Gmail accounts, the stock Email app can hold accounts from different services.

Interestingly enough, Google is heavily restricting which devices can use the stock Email app. Only devices with stock KitKat can receive the update, meaning that it’s down to just Nexus and Google Play edition devices. But it gets even more restrictive than that as the Galaxy S 4 GPe and HTC One (M7) GPe are unable to receive the update. No explanation has been given, but we’d be interested to hear why.

The stock email app really isn’t that great, but hey, now you get faster updates so that’s a plus. On a related note, what are your thoughts on breaking out apps and putting them into the Play Store? Let us know in the comments!


Via: Android Central

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  • htowngtr

    People use that?

    • horaz

      Yes, I do :)

  • live2skico

    unless you need the mail app for an exchange account, go with K-9 mail or gmail instead.

    The app is probably restricted to nexus/gpe phones due to MS exchange licence fees. the mail app on skinned phones is usually slightly different and maybe those manufacturers pay for the license separately.

  • IvanTodorov

    They just are dividing the whole Google Apps stack of services They did it with Google Drive and dividing it to Docs, Sheets and etc. It’s in fact more easier to support and update as Nick Sarafolean said.

  • jerrbomb

    Interesting how i have this on my Moto X but it’s restricted to only nexus and Gpe phones.. Either Google forgot we Moto X users and I’m sure G and E as well have the app.. Our they put a revamped version in the play store…

  • Paul Atreides

    Wow really Google? That’s right make it available to only 1% of the Android population.

  • rajinder singh

    get my google account gmail app