Search Lite: Google is testing a new search app for emerging markets

18 August, 2017, 01:06 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Google Maps on Android

As Android Police reports, the app - which is now labelled "Search (Test App)' has been made available to users in Indonesia, although it still carries an 'experimental" tag within the app itself. Search Lite appears to skip that step, and instead it brings all of that information to the front in the form of a grid of icons, similar to a home screen filled with apps. It also supports offline features is believed to take up less space on a phone when installed, as well as requiring less RAM to work. The app will be making it faster to search content even in slow networks.

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

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The app is now in the early stages of development. But some markets have to deal with slow internet connection.

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It is not clear, in which countries, Google will launch this app. However, there are noticeable differences in how you may use Search Lite and the main Search app separately. It is possible the app could eventually roll out worldwide. The screenshots show Hindi as one of the languages, strongly indicating its arrival in India. The Alphabet Inc-led company has been working towards a low-data version of its Android software system as well, called 'Android Go.' All of these activities fall in line with Google CEO, Sundar Pichai's vision of reaching the 'next billion users'.

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