Google to launch data-friendly version of its search app for mobile

All your questions answered on Google Maps and Search - Google Blog

Google is reportedly testing a lighter version of its Search app for regions with slow internet connections.

According to the screenshots of the app shared by Android Police, Google is testing its Search Lite in Indonesia.

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 new Question and Answer feature is being rolled out for Google Maps on Android and mobile Search app.

Users can search using text as well as voice making it easy to access the feature whenever they need it. This, it seems, is created to provide quick access to options like "news", "weather", and "nearby", as well as bookmarked pages, image search, and offline pages.

The report claims that the app appeared in Facebook ads for many users of the network in Indonesia. We are yet to see an official announcement of the app by Google.

If this app appeals to you, then you can give it a try right now by downloading the APK file from APK Mirror. It will also have various sections like translation, news among others.

With the next billion users coming from developing markets, Google has taken to creating apps specially tuned for those users. The screenshots show Hindi as one of the languages, strongly indicating its arrival in India. Google told the website that: "We're always experimenting with our products with the goal of providing the most useful and optimal experience for our users".

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