Google is testing a light version of its Google Search Lite app meant for areas with poor or slow internet connections, according to Android Police. The app is currently only available in the Play Store in Indonesia.
The functions of Search Lite, as it appears to be named, are mostly the same as what’s available in Google’s current cross-platform Search app. Users can search for things by typing or speaking, there’s a translate function, a Google News section, and local information like weather and businesses.
While the regular Google Search app starts users off with just a search bar, it quickly turns into a photo-rich experience with animations that appear as you scroll. Search Lite appears to skip that step, and instead it brings all of that information to the front in the form of a grid of icons, similar to a home screen filled with apps.
The difference lies in how and when Google Search Lite uses data. It will likely use very little data, allowing users with very little bandwidth to be able to do the same sorts of things that someone in a country with fast, freely available internet could. It’s a similar approach to how Google created and tested YouTube Go, a light version of its YouTube app, which the company tested in India last year ahead of a wider beta rollout this spring.
You can give the app a try yourself by downloading the installer from APKMirror and sideloading it onto your device; when prompted to choose a second language, pick any one and you’ll be on your way.