Google is testing a ‘Search Lite’ app for countries with poor internet connections according to Android Police. The app is currently only available in the Play Store in some of the countries in Asia and we hope Africa will also be on the list soon.
Unlike the regular Google Search app starts users off with just a search bar, it quickly turns into a photo-rich experience with animations that appear as you scroll, with the Search Lite, app users can search for things by typing or speaking, there’s a translate function, a Google News section, and local information like weather and businesses.
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.
Looks like uses the data in a different way as it will likely use very little data, allowing users with very little bandwidth to be able to do the same sorts of things that someone in a country with fast, freely available internet could. It’s a similar approach to how Google created and tested YouTube Go, a light version of its YouTube app.
On a wider scale, Google has been working on a low-data version of Android itself called Android Go, which the company announced at this year’s I/O developer’s conference. It’s all part of the company’s effort to reach the “next billion users,”.