Keeping in mind the slow internet issues people face in the emerging markets, Google has launched a lightweight version of its Google Assistant app; Google Assistant Go. The app is now listed on Google Play Store and it offers support for several international languages, including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Thai, French, Italian and German. We are hopeful that it might get support for Hindi language as well in coming future.
The good news is, the Google Assistant Go retains most of the features that are offered by the standard Google Assistant integration. This means, with this feature, users be able to make phone calls, send text messages, play music, navigate places, preview their upcoming events, and ask about weather or any general topics. To use the Google Assistant Go, you just have to touch and hold the Home button or tap the microphone icon on Google Search bar.
However, the Google Assistant Go app has some differences with the original Google Assistant version in terms of features; noted Google in a support page. Since the former is optimized to use less data and storage, it doesn't include features such as reminders, controls for smart home devices, Actions on Google, and Device Actions. Also, the Go edition is not likely to get activated with OK Google or Hey Google voice commands.
As per the listing on the Google Play Store, the Assistant Go app is compatible with devices running Android 8.0 Oreo and higher. However, reports suggest the app is not getting installed on devices that run Android Oreo. This means, the app maybe initially available only on devices that feature Android Oreo (Go Edition). Unfortunately, any such devices haven't been launched so far.
HMD Global is expected to launch the Nokia 1 based on Android Oreo (Go Edition) at MWC 2018 among with other smartphones. Other than that, MediaTek has also partnered with Reliance Jio to bring an Android Go smartphone.
Homegrown brand Micromax is also working on an Android Go smartphone dubbed Bharat Go. The Micromax Bharat Go smartphone was earlier speculated to launch by the end of January, but the company did not make any such announcements.