Google Launches Maps Go App on Play Store

By Techpads | Last Updated: December 18, 2017- 12:30 pm
Google Launches Maps Go App on Play Store

Maps Go App offers a shortcut of the PWA or Progressive Web App version of Google Maps. This app offers features which are similar to those offered by the main app.


Google has announced the Google Maps Go app just a few days after launching the Files Go app at an event in New Delhi. At the ‘Google for India’ event, the company released the Android Oreo Go version, an operation system (OS) for devices using 512MB to 1GB RAM. The Google Maps Go app is an integral part of a lightweight apps series which will become available gradually for such phones. The new app can be downloaded by users via the Google Play Store.

Google Go and Files Go also became available for downloading through the Google Play Store recently. Google will also be releasing lightweight Go versions of Gmail and Google Assistant which are similar to the Google Go and Files Go in the coming days. The Google Maps Go App will be exclusively available for Android smartphones running on Android 4.1 or a higher version with 1GB RAM or less than IGB RAM. Maps Go and Gmail Go will be available for low-RAM smartphones only via the Play Store. As of now, Files Go is available for smartphones with higher RAM.

According to an Android Police report, the Maps Go App offers a shortcut of the PWA or Progressive Web App version of Google Maps. This app offers features which are similar to those offered by the main app. These features can provide you with directions, enable you to detect your location, give you information regarding traffic which is useful while using cars, public transport or while walking. The app offers support for such features in 70 countries. Moreover, it is claimed that the app will not occupy a large space on your smartphone.

 

AI-enabled Assistant Being Rolled Out

Last year Google had started providing its AI-enabled Assistant to devices like Google Home and smartphones. In the previous year, the Google Assistant was made available to other speakers, headphones, OEMs’ smartphones and Android Wear watches. Google is going all out to reach users of Android tablets and smartphones running on older OS versions. The company had announced earlier that it would be providing the Google Assistant for tablets running on Android 7.0 Nougat and Android 6.0 Marshmallow. To recall, the Assistant reached smartphones running on Android 6.0 Marshmallow in February 2017.

Google announced the official roll out of Google Assistant to the Reliance JioPhone recently in India.

The Assistant has begun rolling out to smartphones supporting English language in the US, Australia, UK, Canada, India and Singapore. The Spanish version is being released in Spain, US and Mexico. Google is also making the AI available to smartphones running on Android 5.0 Lollipop. In Japan, Italy, Brazil, Germany and Korea, users of smartphones running on Android Lollipop will get the Google Assistant

Google had also indicated that users of Android tablets in the US will be offered the Google Assistant in English language. Though the company has not disclosed any other information regarding its availability, the AI-enabled search tool is likely to reach tablets in other countries and will be available in other languages sometime in the future.