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Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app

17 Août 2017

"We're always experimenting with our products with the goal of providing the most useful and optimal experience for our users".

According to an Android Police report, Google is testing a light version of the Search app in order to make it usable even in areas with slow internet connectivity. But it does look like initial roll out will be in Indonesia and India. On setup, users select their language before being brought to the homepage.

Thus, Google has chose to follow in the footsteps of other companies, including Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter (sort of), and has started testing a new, lighter Search app. Search (Test App), as it's now called, offers users a number of data-saving and customization features not present in the current Google app. Other shortcuts include Top Sites and Offline Pages. The app also has a search bar at the bottom that suggests keywords as you type.

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The last two icons on the homescreen are for Settings and Feedback. Besides, the smaller app size should make it easier to work on entry level smartphones and consume very little data. Also, the results can be viewed in the internal browser instead of an external app. Now available in Indonesia and India as part of the beta testing, Search Lite is a new version of Google's main Search app that is created to reduce data requirements so that internet users in those countries can surf the web even without a fast connection.

Given the current refined stage of the app, it's likely that the app will be rolling out to select developing markets sooner than later.

Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app