For the past year, Google has been pumping out lightweight versions of its most popular apps designed specifically for low-cost smartphones. Under the Android Go banner, we've already seen YouTube Go, Google Maps Go, and even a brand new service called Files Go meant to clear up storage space on your device. Now Google is rolling out its latest lightweight app: Assistant Go.
Assistant Go is exactly what you'd expect, a simplified version of the AI service that takes up less storage space on your smartphone. The downside is that you lose a bunch of popular features, including the ability to set reminders, control smart home devices, and Actions (third-party extensions similar to Amazon Alexa skills). Even with those limitations, you can still use Assistant Go to ask questions, get directions, and control other features on your phone using voice commands.
Google's new app is officially limited to cheaper devices in emerging markets, but if you want to try it for yourself you can grab the Android application package (APK) for your current device (courtesy of Android Police). All you need to do is download the APK on your phone or tablet. Once it's ready, tap on the file and select "Yes" to confirm you want to install it.
Pretty soon you'll be running Assistant Go - and clearing up some extra storage space on your device in the process.