The US internet giant is planning to offer free Gmail accounts to people who sign up for the company’s service in the US, in what could become a major blow to the US’s traditional email provider.
“The next stage in our evolution to become the world’s leading email provider is to enable more users to receive email and other communications through Google’s mobile and email apps on their mobile devices,” Google said in a blog post on Tuesday.
“We have a number of ideas for ways to make this happen, and are in the process of testing them out on a small subset of users who have already signed up for Gmail.
Our goal is to provide a free, ad-free, personalized, and ad-supported Gmail account for a very small percentage of users in the coming months.”
Google has been quietly building a mobile and desktop Gmail app for some time now, and it has been a significant part of its growth in the country.
The app, which will be available for Android devices in early 2018, is meant to be similar to the Google Reader, Google’s email client.
Users can read email attachments and manage email, as well as search and reply to emails.
The company says it will allow users to keep their Gmail inbox full and to use their Gmail account as they wish, although users can access the account if they choose to.
Google’s move comes a month after it launched a similar feature on iOS and Windows, which has seen many users complain about not being able to send emails.
Google’s mobile app was first launched in 2010, and the service has since grown rapidly in popularity and added a variety of features.