All your questions answered on Google Maps and Search

Lynne Hanson
August 18, 2017

Google is testing a new app which provides a version of its search service created to consume less data and perform faster, according to a report from Android Police.

Fire up your Google Maps or Google Search app and simply search for the location over there.

So the good news is that this app offers some major improvements upon its mainstream counterpart. The app was spotted in an ad on Facebook in Indonesia, inviting users to test it out. Besides, the smaller app size should make it easier to work on entry level smartphones and consume very little data. They company had earlier launched "YouTube Go", the lighter version of the YouTube app. The overall interface aims to make the Google experience a lot simpler for people, placing the search bar at the bottom and featuring a bunch of icons to quickly access topics like the news, weather, cricket scores, or translate. 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.

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The Q&A feature is rolling out worldwide to the Android versions of Google Maps and Search. Another nifty and useful feature integrated by the developers is the ability to open web pages within the search app, in Lite mode.

So it will be interesting to see how users and businesses will use it. Users can change between a couple of languages by swiping the main app's page sideways. they can even personalise the apps and remove the ones that they do not need.

Like all lightweight apps, Search Lite will probably take up less space and hog fewer bytes of data.

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