Light version of Google app to be released worldwide

To date, Google Go, the stripped-back app, has been downloaded over 100 million times. (FMT pic)

PALO ALTO: Following a conclusive testing phase in India and Indonesia, Google Go, the “light” version of the essential mobile search app, will finally be freely available worldwide.

At just 7MB in size, the app uses 40% less data than the Google’s classic search app. This makes it ideal for older devices, or those with little storage. The only minimum spec is that the device runs Android Lollipop (5.0) or above.

The stripped-back app nonetheless features a number of useful features and can handle voice queries. To date, Google Go has been downloaded over 100 million times.

In 2017, Google introduced Android Go, a lightweight version of its mobile operating system, with developing markets in mind, and a number of key Android applications have likewise been put on a diet since.

Gmail Go, YouTube Go, and Maps Go have been released. They consume less data while offering nearly the same functionality as their heavyweight counterparts.

Google Go can now be downloaded on the Google Play store.