Google is testing a data-friendly version of its Search app


Google might soon release a data-friendly version of its search app for mobile.

That’s because the company is currently piloting such an app in Indonesia, as the eagle-eyed team at Android Police first spotted.

“Search Lite” — which TechCrunch understands is not the name of the app, but it is certainly an accurate description of it — is essentially a modified version of the Google search app that’s optimized for those using poor quality connections, with limited mobile data allocations, or in possession of a smartphone with little internal memory.

In that respect it’s similar to the YouTube Lite app that Google launched in India last year, and other ‘lite’ apps from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and others. India has been a core market for these data-friendly apps and there are clues within the app that this Google app is headed to India soon.

Beyond offering an easier way to search the web, the app connects to other content including news, weather and Google’s…

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