Google Maps Go: New lightweight version of Google Maps launched

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Google had first introduced Assistant on the Pixel and Pixel XL devices in October 2016. A sizeable 26 percent of active Android users are found to continue having Android Lollipop on their devices. And it'll simultaneously hit 5.0 Lollipop smartphone users with the language set to English in the U.S., U.K., India, Australia, Canada, and Singapore, as well as Spanish in the U.S., Mexico, and Spain.

In separate news regarding another version of Android, Google has come up with Google Maps Go for the Android Go. Google will be extending the privilege to smartphones running software as old as Android Lollipop, according to an announcement on its blog.

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". The Assistant would also be made available in Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Brazil. "Once you get the update and opt-in, you'll see an Assistant app icon in your "All apps" list". However, the roll out will be limited to tablets running Android Marshmallow or later.

Not only this, Assistant is also coming to older Android version as well.

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Google launched Assistant with the first generation Pixels a year ago.

Google Maps Go app has been made available to download on the Play store in India. Besides devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM will be able to run the OS. Google had released the Android Oreo Go edition at an event in New Delhi earlier this month. This new app is essentially a slimmed down version of Google Maps, which offers less processor-intensive function, and doesn't require the networking resources of its full-featured forebear.

However, there is a way that you can try out Google Maps Go if if you are not running the Android Go operating system via something known as PWA or Progressive Web App.

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