Google today introduced a nifty addition that will allow its (search) app to perform searches even when you’re online.
Google is determined to make its services more accessible, as global internet penetration rates soar. One of the key moves that the company has made is introducing budget devices via the Android One initiative. The company is also launching smaller sized apps, as well as offline support to deal with poor or intermittent internet connectivity.
An increasing portfolio of Google’s apps (YouTube, Google Translate, Maps, etc.) have been given market-friendly features. Obviously, offline search is impossible, but the company is coming pretty close.
Google’s search app will now be able to take your search queries while you’re offline, save them, and deliver results whenever connections are restored. The company says that this nice addition will come in handy for intermittent network losses (for instance, when you’re on an underground train).
Better yet, this new feature does no harm when it comes to battery life and data charges. Google has said that the addition will not have any impact on battery consumption, and it has minimal effects on data charges since it fetches streamlined search pages online.
Already, this useful new feature is live on Google’s Android version of the search app. This is significant given that Android is the leading operating system in most emerging markets, especially where there’s likely to be partial loss of network. At this juncture, there’s no indication whether the same feature will be added in Google search iOS version.