Google Releases Stand Alone “Email” App for Android

Are you the owner of an Android device, but Gmail isn’t just your primary email provider? Google has finally released their own stock Android Email app, which is now available as a separate app on the Google Play Store.

If you are used to using the Gmail app for Android, you’ll recognize that this interface is basically identical. With this new app, you can now access other email providers such as Hotmail, Outlook, and Yahoo. The app also supports Exchange, POP3, and IMAP accounts. You can now manage all your various email accounts in one stylish, simple, and combined inbox.

One might say that this move to introduce a stock Email app for Android is in Google’s best interest. Currently, the company wants to explicitly define the differences between applications and operating systems.

Now that these applications are independent from the OS, users can updates these apps independently. No longer will you have to rely on bulky operating system updates to find new features. Similarly, Google has done this as of late with its camera, calendar, and keyboard applications.

This new email app comes pre-installed on all Nexus and other select Google Play devices. Its description on Google Play advertises other features, such as printing, bug fixes, increased security for Gmail accounts, and an “easier account setup flow.”

The app has a solid 4.2 rating amongst 716 total votes at the time of writing this. This app requires an Android device running 4.0 or higher. You can download this app here, on the Google Play store.

Are you excited for this move on Google’s part? If you’re already a Gmail user, which app do you plan to use primarily?

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