Google is testing a 'Search Lite' app for countries with slow connections

Alyssa Bailey
August 18, 2017

Google is testing a new app which provides a version of its search service created to consume less data and perform faster, according to a report from Android Police. AndroidPolice reports that Google recently showed Facebook ads in Indonesia inviting users to test a new app.

And thanks to the built-in data saving features, this is the first time ever an official Google mobile app offers Instant Search - something which, ironically, Google killed off just a couple of weeks ago because it never worked on smartphones. The app is also said to come with some offline features.

For starters, the home page isn't full of Google Now cards, but instead offers different, user-customizable bubbles corresponding to different functions: Search, Weather, Translate, News, etc.

It is important to note that the app is still marked as "experimental", so these features are subject to change.

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In addition, users can also affirm questions they like or find useful by up-voting them.

The app is now only available in the Play Store in Indonesia. We are yet to see an official announcement of the app by Google. The company is also encouraging business owners to maximize their reach by providing more information.

The search-giant pulled off the same deed with the lighter version of its YouTube app, as well with the launch of 'YouTube Go.' The company is expected to roll out the beta version of its 'YouTube Go, ' app globally sometime this year.

Search Lite appears to target countries like Indonesia and India, as evidenced by the language options for Indonesian and Hindi.

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