Google continues its drive to make its services available to people who have low mobile devices or slow Internet connections after entering Google Go, a data search application.
The app was first seen in beta in August, when it was known as the Search Lite, and has now been released for selected Android devices (here).
With only 5 MB, the application does not occupy large amounts of space on the device, which is important because cheaper devices that are popular in emerging markets have limited capacity, while currently include support and service of intermittent Internet connections, two other factors affecting users in India (Main target country) and other emerging markets.
Performance improvements aside, the application focuses on enabling discovery behind the search. This means that it shows “highlights” that provide a summary of the topics and content associated with the search results and topics suggested. There is also support for searches for directions, and you can also use voice input to search.
The application follows the introduction of dataly application data storage, file storage applications go and expand YouTube go, all aimed at making Google and its services relevant to users in emerging markets. Beyond applications, it is also preparing to send a “go” version of the robot