Google Released a lite version of Google Maps for a low-end Android device with the name Google Maps Go. The App is a part of optimized Google apps for Android Oreo Go OS and for Smartphones with less RAM and processing power.
The Google Maps Go is exclusively available for specific devices (Android 4.1+ with RAM less than 1GB) and if you have a high-end phone, then you might have seen the message “Your Device Isn’t Compatible with this Version”.
The App is actually a Progressive Web App and you can install it without downloading any APK with a simple method using Android Chrome Browser Setting.
PWA are regular web pages or websites but they appear to the user like traditional applications or native applications developed for mobile. They PWA can be faster than natively built App.
The App can be downloaded on the incompatible device without any APK download and if you wish you can even download the APK on your device.
Google Maps Go uses low-battery and internet Data hence you can use it in limiting conditions of your phone.
The App is designed to run smoothly on devices with limited memory and on unreliable networks without compromising speed to provide your location, real-time traffic updates, directions, and train, bus, and city transit information.
- Real-time traffic information
- Live city public transport timetables
- streets with walking directions
- Available in 70+ languages
- Search and find local restaurants, businesses and other nearby places
- Works with fewer data and battery consumptions
- Includes all the core features of “Normal” Google Maps Apps.
- Progressive Web Page
Learn: Download APK Google Maps Go
How to Install Google Maps Go Your Android Mobile?
Below are the simple steps to install the Google Maps Go on your incompatible device without downloading any Apk.
Step 1. First Copy the URL given below.
Step 2. Open the Chrome Browser and Paste the URL
Step 3. Once the Page is Loaded, click on the 3 dots on right top corner to open more options
Step 4. Here tap on the option Add to Home Screen.
Step 5. The Google Maps Go App will be downloaded and Added to your Home Screen.
The interface very much simplified, there are fewer animations but it is not less functional, in fact, we can find practically the same features as the “normal” version of Google Maps.
Conclusion: I tried the APK file on many devices but none of them supported my high-end phones. So, the only way to install the App is downloading the Progressive Web App (PWA) using chrome browser. And the post would have helped you in same.
I hope the post was helpful. Do comment below for any assistance or support if needed. Cheers!