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Highlights

  • Google will now save searches during spotty connectivity
  • It will automatically search for it when connectivity improves
  • This ‘offline search’ feature has been rolled out to Android users

The Google app for Android has brought in a useful feature for areas with low connectivity. The latest update brings ‘offline search’ that enables users to save searches for later, in the event of poor data connection. Google now stores searches when the user is offline, and shows the result when a connection is re-established.

For example, you are in a low connectivity area and are unable to look up something on Google. Google either does not show the search result at all, or in case of spotty connectivity – it just vainly keeps trying to load the page. In these times, you tend to give up on searching, and forget about it later on when connectivity is re-established. To prevent this, the new offline search feature will now store the search query in a new section called Manage Searches. The last query will then be searched automatically by the Google app, as soon as you get back online.

“The Google app will work behind-the-scenes to detect when a connection is available again and deliver your search results once completed,” the tech giant explains. The app will send you a notification saying Your search result is ready, and the results will then be displayed in the app.

As mentioned, the Google app now has a new Manage Searches tab that lets you control your offline pending searches, and clear them all if need be. Google claims that this new search pattern bears no additional baggage on your data usage. This feature is found only in the latest v6.9.37 of the Google app, and can be downloaded from the Google Play.

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