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Google launches stock Email app in the Play Store
For a while now, Google has been breaking pieces of functionality from stock Android and releasing them as standalone apps in the Play Store. Now it’s time for the Email app that ships with all stock devices to make its Play Store debut.
If you’re deeply invested in Google’s ecosystem, you’d be forgiven for forgetting there even is an Email app on your device, other than Gmail. Well, for people who use non-Gmail email addresses on their devices, the Email app is pretty important, especially since it supports POP3, IMAP, and Exchange, the email server of choice in professional environments.
By making Email available in the Play Store, Google will be able to update it more often and without having to wait on partners and carriers to roll out an OS update. The functionality remains in AOSP, of course, but if the past is any indication, Google may focus on the app when it comes to adding new features and improvements.
The app comes with a few improvements, according to its changelog, including increased security for Gmail accounts, easier account setup process, printing support, and bug fixes.
For now, Email is only available to stock like devices, including Nexus devices and some Google Play edition phones. You can get in in the Play Store or grab the APK from here, courtesy of XDA Portal.