Google Assistant Go brings voice interaction to slow handsets
Low-end Android devices seem to receive a lot of love from Google lately since YouTube Go is not the only light variant of a very popular app we bumped into these days. However, Google Assistant Go has not been around for a year as YouTube Go, since it made its Google Play debut earlier this week.
As its name suggests, Assistant Go is a light version of the popular virtual personal assistant that Google introduced back in May 2016. After being exclusively available on the Pixel and Pixel XL handsets, it reached the first third-party handsets and the Android Wear platform in February 2017.
Google Assistant Go is only available for the Android Go handsets, and can perform the following tasks:
- phone calls ("Call John")
- SMS messages ("Text Mom I will be late")
- play music ("Play metal on YouTube")
- give weather or general information ("How's the weather today?" or "How old is Donald Trump?")
- navigate ("Take me home")
- preview upcoming events ("Tell me about my day")
Sadly, to keep the app light, some advanced features had to be removed. While one or two might be added in the future, the list of missing Google Assistant features now includes reminders, the ability to control smart home devices, Actions on Google, Device Actions, and hands-free activation via "OK, Google" or "Hey, Google."