New Google Search Lite app could be in works, rolling out in phased manner

Notably, features of this new search lite app are expected to be same as that of the existing cross-platform search app.

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Highlights

    • Google is testing new search lite app in Indonesia
    • The app is rolling out in phased manner
    • It supports both text and speech search options

A new toned-down version of Google’s existing cross-platform search app could be in works, as reported by Android Police. Google could be testing a new search lite app for users experiencing poor or slow internet connectivity. If the report is to believe, it could be good news for many, especially those who often face difficulties with the Internet speeds. By making use of the Lite app, one can fire search queries and get desired results despite data connectivity performing not up to the mark. The app is currently available to download on Play Store for users located in Indonesia.

In case you are wondering how the new search lite app is different from the existing, the primary difference lies in how both the apps consume data. The Lite app is supposed to consume less data and enable users to save the bandwidth and only return the results that are necessary. It’s similar to how Google has been testing a new YouTube app called YouTube Go.

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Photo: Android Police

So, one thing to be noted is that Google is apparently rolling out this new app in a phased manner and users located in other countries can expect the app to roll out in coming weeks or perhaps months. Google has not officially revealed when it’s planning to make the app available outside Indonesia. So, if you are in India and looking to test the app at this point, it will not be possible. However, stay tuned to Techook, and we will let you know once the app is available in India.

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Notably, features of this new search lite app are expected to be same as that of the existing cross-platform search app. The report suggests users can search using both speaking or manually typing the query. Some other functions include searching for news, images, top sites, weather, nearby places, etc. The app also lets users translate and download web pages for offline use.

Google isn’t the only company to announce lighter, toned-down version of their mobile apps. Social networking giant Facebook also has Lite app that consumes fewer data. LinkedIn, on the other hand, announced LinkedIn Lite app last month to help users browse through job vacancies, user profiles, and timeline updates without spending much data.