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Google releases a lighter version of Maps for Android Go device

14 December 2017 3

Earlier this week, Google Maps added a new feature to notify you when to get off a bus or a train just weeks after it redesigned its app to adapt to your means of travel. In an effort to make a lighter version of its apps to low-end devices that run on Android Go Oreo 8.1, the Mountain View giant added a stripped down version of a file manager with the release of the Google Files Go earlier this month.


The search giant is now following it up with the launch of a lightweight alternative to its Maps for Android which amounts to lesser processor usage cause of minimum resources involved. The app is currently online on the Google Play Store but you won’t be able to download it just yet as it’s only listed for devices which are Android Go optimised.


The app offers support to over 70 countries with most of the full functionality cores with support for map layers as well as turn-by-turn navigation directions. The app, however, has been released in the Progressive Web Application form meaning it can be launched via your launcher through the Google Chrome.


You can check out the Google Play listing although you won’t be able to install the app. Google Maps Go is one of the first few apps that will be optimised for Android Go device after the launch of Google Go, Gmail Go and YouTube Go earlier this month.


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