31 March 2020
Google has announced that it will be integrating Google Go with Assistant Go and Google Lens very soon. Google Go is a toned-down application version of the main Google search app. It is meant to deliver smoother user experience and faster search results on entry-level smartphones, usually priced under $100, with the majority of the users from emerging markets.
The idea behind the integration seems to be Google's way of eliminating the need for installing more and more individual apps. Android Go devices are known for offering low storage (up to 16GB) which can get full very quickly. This is where having one app perform tasks of different apps can help users save precious storage space.
Starting with Assistant Go, Google Go app will allow users to make use of voice commands to get results quicker. They will be able to ask the Assistant to make calls, send text messages, play a YouTube video, check the weather, and traffic updates among others. It is simply like having Assistant Go without installing the dedicated app.
Google Lens integration will be similar as it will off all Lens app capabilities without the need for another new app. The users will be able to point their device's camera at an object, building or text to get relevant information. In the case of text recognition, Google Go will even read the text aloud.
There is no specific timeline for the release of these two integrated features but we will be sharing it once Google makes those details available.