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Google's slim Assistant Go app is now available for slower phones

Assistant Go joins Files Go, Gboard Go, Google Go, and YouTube Go as apps designed for the Android Go platform.

Published onFebruary 1, 2018

  • Google launched Assistant Go on the Play Store.
  • The app is mostly the same as the regular Assistant app, though there are a few key missing features.
  • Assistant Go was designed to be as lightweight as possible while still retaining plenty of functionality.

Google released its lightweight Assistant Go app to the Play Store. This is the latest in the growing lineup of resource-friendly apps designed for the Android Go platform.

Much like the regular Assistant, Assistant Go lets you use your voice to pull up weather information, send text messages, make calls, and even request general information feedback from Google. Because the app was designed to take up less storage and data, Assistant Go does not include reminders, controls for smart home devices, Actions on Google, or Device Actions. The app is also not likely to support “OK Google” or “Hey Google” hands-free activation anytime soon, either.

We are uncertain about language support, however. The Play Store listing states the app currently supports English, but its support page states it is available in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Thai.

We reached out to Google to get some clarification, though we assume the company will add more languages in future updates.

Assistant Go joins Files Go, Gboard Go, Google Go, and YouTube Go as apps designed for Android Go. Introduced during Google I/O 2017, Android Go is a lightweight version of Android Oreo that is designed to run smoothly on lesser hardware. The OS takes up less than half of the internal storage space as Android Nougat, giving devices more breathing room to hold more media and apps.

You can download Assistant Go at the link below, so long as you have an Android Go device.

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