Coming to tablets and more Android phones

Leigh Mccormick
December 15, 2017

"Today, we're adding Android 5.0 Lollipop to the mix, so even more users can get help from the Google Assistant".

We've seen quite a few lightweight versions of popular apps this year and now, it's time for Google Maps to join the party, in the form of Google Maps Go. That instantly opens up more than a quarter more of the Android user base for Google Assistant to tap into. However, the devices running on the Android versions released before Lollipop are still neglected by Google. Google announced that it is coming to the smartphones running Android Lollipop. Smartphones running Android Marshmallow and Nougat received Google Assistant support in February.

Earlier this year we first brought the Assistant to Android 6.0 Marshmallow and higher with Google Play Services. Google Maps Go gives clients the capacity to see their area, get directions to a place through auto, train or transport, or by strolling, and even enables users to add filters to their guide to see satellite imagery, public transport, or an overlay of the present traffic. 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. The Assistant would also be made available in Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea and Brazil. The company's voice search interface exists on phones, watches, TVs, cars, and in standalone smart speakers, but the company has never done a great job of capturing the entire 2 billion-strong Android market. It sounds like Google isn't quite going to hit this level of saturation, though, since the Assistant is limited by language and country. It's not if Google plans a full roll out of Google Map Go across all version of Android.

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With a download size less than 5MB, the Google Maps Go is a lightweight version of the main Google Maps app and is basically meant for use with the Android Oreo Go edition. Besides devices with 512MB to 1GB of RAM will be able to run the OS.

Google VP of Engineering Shashidhar Thakur expressed at the sidelines of Google for India, the prime point of creating Google Go is to help new cell phone clients "go ahead the Internet", and enable them to get to the Web effectively.

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