Android’s stock Email app now available from Google Play for select devices


Google’s stock Android Email application, which comes pre-installed on Nexus devices and allows users to access third-party email services like Outlook and iCloud, is now available to download from Google Play. The release will enable users to get their hands on updates and new features faster than before, but it’s available only to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices.

If Google’s Email app comes pre-installed on these devices, then, why would the company make it available via the Play Store? Well, by pulling certain apps out of its ROM and making them available separately, Google can rollout fixes and new features for these without actually updating its entire firmware.

That’s why the search giant brought its own Camera app to Google Play back in April. Unlike the Camera app, however, Email is only available to Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, so unless you’re running pure Android on a supported smartphone or tablet, you won’t be able to use it.

The Email app is very similar to Google’s Gmail app for Android, only it supports third-party mail solutions as well. So if you have accounts with Outlook, iCloud, Yahoo, and others, you can access them all in one place with Email.

Email’s Google Play release could signal impending updates containing new features and improvements. Google quickly added new features to its Camera app shortly after its release, and with Google I/O right around the corner, we wouldn’t be surprised if big things are coming to Google’s own Android apps.

To download the latest Email release, follow the Google Play link below.