Google has been making conscious efforts to better their services and also introduce new features for developing countries. The company recently announced Android Go, a lighter operating system that offers the best of Android for entry-level phones. Android Go comes loaded with a suite of Go applications(Maps Go, YouTube Go, Files Go, GBoard Go, etc. ) and the latest one to join the list is the Google Assistant Go.
The Google Assistant Go app is optimized for Android 8.1 phones with low RAM and entry-level hardware. Needless to say, the Go version of the Google Assistant will use lesser computing resources and is expected to offer the same core features as the full version. However, on closer inspection, the Google Assistant Go skips on some of the advanced features in order to remain a lite app. For instance, the Google Assistant Go cannot control smart home devices, used for device actions and will not be able to set reminders.
The app will come pre-installed on Android Go Edition device, and you can also download the same from the PlayStore. List of supported languages includes English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai. However, the company promises to support more languages in the future. That being said, the app is only available for entry-level devices running Android 8.1 Oreo (Go Edition).
As for the functionalities are concerned, the Assistant Go will let users find local info, communicate, plan their day, play media and also ask Google questions. Google Assistant in regional languages and on entry-level smartphones will surely be a boon for users in developing nations. Android users who are not well versed in the menu navigation or cannot read will end up using the Google Assistant. Despite being a feature phone, the JioPhone also boasts of its very own voice-based assistant.