Even though Google is yet to release Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition) for smartphones, the lightweight version of Google s virtual assistant has made its debut on the Play Store. Called Google Assistant Go, the app is available for low-end, entry-level smartphones that have little RAM. However, as per the listing on Google Play Store, you will need a smartphone that runs Android 8.0 Oreo OS or above. Also Read - New avatar of Google Chrome’s offline dinosaur game: How you can playAlso Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more
Google Assistant Go is late to join the party, considering Gboard Go, Maps Go, YouTube Go, Google Go and Files Go were released earlier. Despite being targeted at low-end smartphones, the Google Assistant Go app brings all the Assistant Smarts to low-end smartphones. As of now, the app only supports English language, but support for more languages is expected once affordable devices such as Micromax Bharat Go hit the markets. Also Read - Timex Helix Smart 2.0 with temperature sensor, heart rate sensor launched: Details here
Using the Assistant Go app, users will be able to make quick phone calls with voice commands, send text messages, navigate to places, ask general questions, weather information, and play music too. The process to invoke the Assistant also remains the same you can tap and hold the Home button, or tap on the mic icon in Google Search bar.
However, as the app is built to consume less storage and data, there are a few differences compared to Google Assistant. Features such as reminders, ability to control smart home devices, and device actions are not available.
Meanwhile, Google has also expanded the YouTube Go app to 130 more countries in Central and South America, parts of Africa and Middle Eastern countries. Being a lightweight version the core functionality of the app is to keep a tab on data usage. The app works on Android smartphones running JellyBean 4.1 OS and above