Google Maps Go is the latest lightweight Android app

Google Maps Go is the latest lightweight Android app

Google Assistant was introduced some time past year when the company launched its first ever Pixel smartphone line up. This is good news for those with devices running on older Android versions, which can't be updated to newer versions.

Lollipop phone users have already begun to see the update in the USA and other countries if English or Spanish is their default language, and the feature is also rolling out in Italy, Japan, Germany, Brazil, and Korea.

Google Assistant was initially introduced with the original Pixel smartphones.

Maksim Mukha, Program Manager, Google Assistant said, "We are now adding Android 5.0 Lollipop to the list of devices on which Google Assistant will be available".

Google is bringing Google Assistant to more Android smartphones and tablets in a bid to expand its reach as it competes with the likes of Microsoft Cortana and Amazon Alexa.

Google Maps Go is the latest lightweight Android app
Google Maps Go is the latest lightweight Android app

Google acknowledges that 26% of all Android devices are still based on Lollipop, the Android 5.0 version launched in 2014, while around 30% run Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The Assistant would also be made available in Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Brazil.

Meanwhile, to encourage Internet adoption in India, the company unveiled its lightweight OS as Android Oreo (Go edition) earlier this month. Google Maps Go app has also been put up for download in the Google Play Store. Unlike Files Go, which is available for phones with higher RAM as well, the new Google Maps Go app will be available with a RAM capacity of 1GB or lower.

After recently launching its handy Files Go app at "Google for India", the search giant has now announced Go version of its popular maps application called the Google Maps Go App.

Android Police are saying that when users decide to use the video chat option within the standard dial app the Duo app will open, which in turn activates the phones camera.

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