Google, in a continued effort to break stock Android apps out of Android, has just added Email to the Play Store. It's the Email app you know and love from Android, but with a few added features. For the initial Play Store debut, Google has beefed up security (in unspecified ways) for Gmail accounts, improved the account setup flow, added printing to the app, and fixed "other bugs."
It's great to see Google breaking more apps out into the Play Store - after all, this reduces each app's dependency on OS-level updates, allowing Google to make everything better without a major release. That said, the Email app isn't available for all devices just yet. Recent Nexus devices can grab the update, but beyond that compatibility is hit or miss. Notably, even the HTC One M7 and Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Editions aren't eligible. Those with compatible devices can grab the update at the widget below.
The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.
File name: com.google.android.apps.email-6.3-1218562.apk
Version: 6.3-1218562 (Android 4.0+, see compatibility above)
Thanks Anthony for the APK.