Within a few days of its announcement, the Google Maps Go app is now available on the Google Play Store. If that link sends you to your Google Maps app, copy and paste it into a Chrome tab.
Maps Go is Google's latest offering under its "Go" series, meant for emerging markets such as India where low-end phones are common and internet speeds are slow.
The new Google Maps Go app will be available exclusively for Android phones - running Android 4.1 Jellybean or higher.
If you try and download the app from the Google Play Store, it is likely to show your device is not compatible with this app. Created 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.
As per an Android Police report, the Google Maps Go app essentially provides a shortcut of the Progressive Web App (PWA) version of Google Maps.
As for actual features, expect the usual real-time traffic information, point of interest listings, transit schedules (don't expect reliable Metrorail times, I guess?), phone number listings and more. Google Maps Go is one of the many apps that the company had announced as part of its Android Oreo (Go Edition) - a light weight OS designed for entry-level smartphones. Nonetheless, the Google Maps Go app offers similar features as the main app, including detecting your location, providing directions and traffic information and travel duration estimate for cars, two-wheelers, public transit and walking.
Earlier this month, Google launched Files Go and new file manager that helps users cut back on mobile data use and easily share files with their friends, amongst other things. You will be directed to a browser version of Google Maps. Comparable lightweight Go variations of Google Assistant and Gmail are en route, as indicated by Google.