Earlier today, Google gave us yet another “Update Wednesday” with new versions of Chrome Beta, Drive, Hangouts, My Tracks, and Translate. Seemingly not content with simply updating the above, Google has now given us one more: Google Email—no, not Gmail.
Over the past couple of years, Google’s made efforts to make much of the core Android independent of any particular Android version. Google’s done this by bringing many first party apps to the Play Store such as Gmail, Chrome, and Hangouts, as well as the introduction of Google Play Services. Google also recently brought the Camera app to the Play Store, along with a whole lot of added functionality.
Now, Google has added the company’s “other” first party Email client to the list, which you may be familiar with if you use a POP3 or IMAP Email account in addition to Gmail. According to the Google Play Store, in addition to simply bringing the app to the Play Store, the update to version 6.3-1218562 brings increase security for Gmail accounts, easier account setup, KitKat printing support, and various other bugfixes. In addition, we’ve also noticed a refreshed UI that brings it inline with Google’s recent UI paradigms including that ever-present slide-out “hamburger” menu. Finally, this likely means that we’ve unfortunately lost yet another formerly open source application to its closed source counterpart.
This update should be available to the vast majority of Nexus and Google Play edition devices (other than the M7 and S4) through its Play Store listing. Unfortunately though, this means that if you’re rocking any other device, you’re out of luck for the time being. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the APK over on our Dev-Host account for your sideloading pleasure. However, compatibility will surely be hit or miss for unauthorized devices._________
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