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Google Maps adds questions and answers feature

18 August 2017, 01:07 | Yvette Williams

Google is testing a new Search Lite app for slow networks in Indonesia

All your questions answered on Google Maps and Search - Google Blog

This pilot app works when connections are sluggish and uses less data.

The new Question and Answer feature is being rolled out for Google Maps on Android and mobile Search 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.

For now, Google has not revealed its plan for the new app, but it seems to be in the nascent stages of development and limited to limited markets and languages.

In addition, users can also affirm questions they like or find useful by up-voting them. "The functionality of 'Search Lite" app will be the same as Google's current cross-platform, 'Search.' The app is now only available on Play Store in Indonesia, reported Android Police.

All your questions answered on Google Maps and Search - Google Blog
Google reportedly testing 'Search Lite' app for slow internet regions

The app is now in the early stages of development.

Search Lite is meant to provide an experience that does not drift away from that of the regular Search app. Much like the selection of "Lite" apps that have been released recently, Search Lite makes searching on Google faster and uses less data.

This is not the first time the company is working on a lighter version of one of its apps, it has introduced a YouTube Lite app previous year in India and other emerging markets. The screenshots show Hindi as one of the languages, strongly indicating its arrival in India.

The drive by the Google towards creating the lighter versions of its various apps is seen as part of the vision of its CEO Sundar Pichai to reach the 'next billion users'.

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