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Searchlight: Google tests slim search app

Thursday, August 17th, 2017 | Gadgets

Google is currently testing a version of its Google search app for Android, which provides less data usage and a clearer and less comprehensive user interface, as reported by Android Police. This Light version is officially available only to test users in Indonesia and India, but the app can also be tried out by users in other parts of the world via a direct download of the APK file.

        
    The Google search app (Screenshot: Golem.de)

The search app allows you to surf with less data usage and also save web pages offline. In the settings, corresponding options can be activated. For example, Internet pages can be displayed automatically as stripped-down versions of Light and in an internal browser.
Show Google reduced pages
These pages were previously saved on a Google server and are down-sized. In our tests, this means that we are not always showing the current version of the website. So we are shown in the search for Golem.de a three hour old version of the homepage.
However, a button allows users to switch to the current version of the website. This is then reloaded, which necessitates an additional data transmission. Users can also save web pages offline, which did not work in the test version we tried.
Tidy user interface
The user interface of the scaled down Google search app, unlike the normal version of the application, shows individual selection options. For example, we can call up the weather or the news overview directly. You can also choose image search and Google Translator.

When Google will publish the Light version of its search app is currently unknown. The fact that the app will also come to Germany is rather unlikely – as the examples of earlier Light Apps from Google and other manufacturers have shown.

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