Android Oreo (Go Edition) was announced a few days back, and it’s essentially Google’s take at offering rich Android experience with the latest apps and features on lower-end smartphones. Google is specifically targeting smartphones with 512 MB to 1 GB of RAM.
Called Go by Google, the program offers a range of important apps that will be available in lightweight packages, enabling faster, easier use on lower-end smartphones. The program launched with the availability of Google Go and Files Go apps. And now, we have a new app called Google Maps Go, which is a lightweight version of the original Google Maps app.
Google Maps Go app is now available on the Google Play Store, but you will not be able to use it unless you are downloading it on a device with Android 4.1 with 512 MB to 1 GB RAM. If you are on a higher-end smartphone, you will not be allowed to use this app.
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This wasn’t the case with the Files Go and Google Go apps though, which are available for all device owners, without any limitations.
According to Android Police, Google Maps Go app is not a native rework of Google Maps app, it’s rather the Google Maps’ PWA (Progressive Web App), repackaged as an Android app, installable on Android devices with smaller capacity.
The app works just as the Google Maps PWA app that can be used on Android device. It can show your current location, get you directions from one place to another, show transit details, share location, show different layers and do now. If you wish to try it, you can visit this page. Don’t try clicking on the link directly - it would launch the original Google Maps app if you do so. You will have to paste that link manually on Google Chrome to experience the PWA version.
Google Maps Go is available on Google Play Store as we speak.