Final yr, Google introduced the optimized model of Android Oreo working system, Android Go. Designed to run on gadgets with restricted reminiscence, Android Go enables you to expertise one of the best of the most recent Android model on entry-level gadgets.
Google has redesigned most of its personal widespread apps explicitly for Android Go. Generally known as Go apps, these are the toned-down variants of the unique apps. A few of the Go apps are Google Go, Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Information Go, Maps Go, and Assistant Go.
Whereas they arrive pre-installed on Android Go gadgets, you’ll be able to set up them from the Play Retailer too on any machine. These apps are fairly useful on telephones with low reminiscence and in areas with poor web connectivity.
Since we have now already in contrast a number of the different Go apps with their foremost ones, we determined to attempt Google Maps Go as nicely. Can it do the job of foremost Google Maps on Android Go gadgets? Let’s discover out.
Woahhhh!! That actually was my response after I noticed the scale of the Maps Go app. It’s insane. Simply 140kB. You bought to be kidding me. I used to be anticipating it to be round 2-5MB not less than, much like the opposite Go apps.
However, because it’s mainly a Progressive Net App that wants Google Chrome to work in your machine, the small dimension is smart. Then again, the principle Google Maps app weighs round 25-30MB.
General, the person interface (UI) of each the apps is kind of comparable. While you launch the apps for the primary time, you will not discover a lot distinction. There’s a search bar on the prime, fast actions on the backside and two floating buttons on the correct aspect of each the apps.
Nonetheless, whereas the Go app helps pinch to zoom gesture in maps, it lacks gesture assist for the navigation drawer. You need to faucet the three-bar icon within the top-left nook to open the navigation drawer. And whenever you do this, you will see many choices lacking within the Go app resembling Begin Driving, Wi-Fi solely, Offline Maps and so forth.
Equally, on the prime, you received’t discover the quilt photograph of your account. Nonetheless, you do get the choice to modify accounts. So, sure, the Google Go app helps a number of accounts, however it lacks many different issues which can be talked about beneath.
Maps Go is sort of a mini Google Maps that permits you to use many of the Google Maps companies. Whereas the app enables you to do all the main map duties resembling discover locations, get instructions, see reside site visitors information, and examine journey occasions, it doesn’t assist … await it … turn-by-turn navigation. Bummer!
While you seek for a location, though you get the route information, tapping the Navigation button prompts you to obtain the principle Google Maps app.
Brace yourselves for extra unhappy information. Really, you most likely received’t miss this one a lot within the Maps Go app. We’re speaking about sharing real-time location. Final yr, Google added the share reside location function to its foremost app. Nonetheless, the identical function didn’t make it to the Go app.
However that’s okay. Why, you ask? Properly, as a result of now even WhatsApp and Fb Messenger allow you to share your reside location.
Attention-grabbing: Google Maps Go has a real-time location sharing possibility within the navigation drawer however it’ll solely present real-time location shares from the principle Maps app.
Offline Maps and Parking
At the moment, Google doesn’t assist offline maps within the Go app. However, if you consider it, Go apps are made for telephones with much less processing energy and areas with poor web connectivity. So, it is smart so as to add offline assist for maps. Even YouTube Go has the offline video function. I’m optimistic that Google will quickly add this function. *Hopefully*
Additional, the present model of the app additionally lacks the just lately launched parking function.
Addresses, Evaluations, and Images
The Maps Go app does an excellent job at offering info. Nonetheless, it lacks two-way interplay. In case you are a daily Google Maps person who likes so as to add opinions and rankings, Maps Go will disappoint you. You can’t do any such factor from the Go app. Neither does the Go map app allow you to ask questions but when it makes you content, you’ll be able to view opinions, rankings, and solutions.
Equally, you can’t set house and work addresses. I’m wondering why? That is such an vital and helpful function for checking site visitors and instructions. Rattling!
Earlier than we transfer additional, do that. Open Google Maps and Google Maps Go app in your machine. Faucet Settings on each. When you say aww whenever you examine the Maps Go app settings, then present us some love by following us on Twitter and Instagram. When you don’t discover a lot distinction, right here’s me sending you a digital hug.
Okay, severe stuff incoming. The Maps Go app actually has simply three choices beneath Settings: Google Location Settings, Privateness Coverage, and Phrases of Service.
Then again, the principle Maps app has greater than 15 choices beneath Settings. These settings vary from exhibiting Google Contacts and Images on maps, map historical past, notification controls, distance items, navigation settings, and commute settings and so forth.
Time for some excellent news. Apparently, the Maps Go app enables you to change the app language with out altering your machine language as required in the principle Google Maps app. You possibly can change the language proper from the house display screen of the Go app. It’s current beneath the Fast actions menu. This app helps greater than 30 languages.
Do We Have a Winner?
Not likely. As a result of it wasn’t a contest within the first place. Google Maps Go is designed for low-end telephones. Whereas it lacks many options, it runs easily with the main options which can be current within the app
If you are able to do with static route information and you employ maps for path solely (not navigation), Maps Go will do it for you.
Nonetheless, if navigation is a significant a part of your Google Maps utilization, then you definately may need to attend till Google provides that function within the Go app.