The lightweight Google Maps Go app gets released in the Play Store


Along with the release of Android Oreo Go Edition, Google outed a lightweight version of many of its apps, including Gmail, Assistant, Files Go, and Maps. Of all these apps that are included in Android Go, Files Go file manager was the only one that was available as a separate download via Google Play Store.

Well, starting today, Android users can try out a new app that's lighter on resource requirements: Google Maps Go. The application is now available in the Google Play Store and is fully compatible with all devices powered by Android 4.1 and up.

The lighter version of the Google Maps app was specifically designed to run smoothly on devices with limited memory. Also, the app should also work on unreliable networks without compromising speed to offer their location, real-time traffic updates, directions and other information.

Google Maps Go is available in more than 70 languages and features in-depth, accurate maps in 200 countries and territories, as well as detailed business info for more than 100 million places.

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11 Comments

1. boriqua2000

Posts: 251; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I hit the link to the playstore and it says that Google map go isn't compatible with my device. I have the note 8. Wtf?

2. lishuoxa

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 10, 2013

It is more like a web app. You can find the link to use through the source link.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

Its meant for low-end devices. I guess they would rather you use the regular maps.

5. matistight

Posts: 981; Member since: May 13, 2009

Maybe, yet at the same time nothing would be cached to save space, which would in turn waste cellular data.

4. matistight

Posts: 981; Member since: May 13, 2009

Maybe you have too much storage.

6. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

"Also, the app should also work on unreliable networks without compromising speed" So in other words, great solution for T-Mobile customers.

8. matistight

Posts: 981; Member since: May 13, 2009

You spelled Sprint wrong

10. combatmedic870

Posts: 984; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

Im a surgical tech traveler. I travel throughout the US. Using maps has not been an issue with me using TMobile. I did recently switch to Verizon. But that was more due to the half off trade in for pixel 2 XL then anything.

7. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Nice, the go apps are really hot. Can't wait to try it all out on the Pixel 2 XL. Man I love stock Android. I could have intercourse with it.

9. tokuzumi

Posts: 1866; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I wish we could use these on non Android Go devices.

11. yeayeayeaaa

Posts: 52; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

Tmo didnt exist ANYWHERE in north central PA, except for directly inside of small towns, but my maps never had an issue keeping me on the right route. Had spans of 15-20 miles with absolutely zero cell reception at times too

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