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Google Puts Generic Android Email App in Play Store

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Jun 19, 2014, 11:52 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google has added another core Android application to the growing list of those that can be updated outside of full-on system upgrades. Google made the generic email application that ships on many Android phones (separate from the official Gmail app) available as a stand-alone app in the Play Store. The app can handle IMAP, POP, and Exchange email services such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or Outlook. This app is often skinned by the network operator selling the phone in question. Google offers stand-alone versions of Gmail, Maps, Hangouts, the Camera, and others so more Android device owners can enjoy new features in these apps without the need to update their entire device.

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Jun 19, 2014, 4:44 PM

The neutering of Android continues

I could be wrong, but my first guess is that this is but one more piece of core functionality being removed from the open AOSP and into the proprietary GMS.
The article doesn't say anything about making it proprietary, only that it is no longer part of the OS, so if they find a bug with the email, they can fix only that rather than waiting for the next version of Android to fix it. That seems to me like ...
This is how it should be. Email clients, browsers, document viewers should not be locked into the core of the OS.

If you think you like it the other way, wait until you get your next Android phone. Google is making file browsing a core function exc...
Phonescoop deleted the comments I made on this thread... deleting the useful information about how Google is neutering Android and the issues this presents for the open source community. How sad.

Jun 19, 2014, 8:30 PM

Only for KitKat?

I read somewhere that only Nexus and Google Play Edition devices running KitKat can use this. So much for replacing my LG Email app with this one since I use 4.1.2. 🙄
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