A new offline function has been added to the latest Google app for Android. The update allows users to conduct searches when offline to get around the issue of inconsistent internet connectivity whilst doing Google searches. What this means is that if you are not connected to the internet, Google has an auto save function for all searches done whilst in poor connectivity and makes the results of searches available when an internet connection is restored.
The app functions by scanning for when a connection is accessible again and prepares search results for the user – the beauty being that the searches do not deplete your battery.
As Shekhar Sharad, Product Manager for Google Search says in a blog post:
“Mobile networks can sometimes be inconsistent or spotty, which means that even if you have a connection when you start your search, it might fail before you get your results back. With this change, search results are saved as soon as they are retrieved, even if you lose connection afterwards or go into airplane mode. So the next time you lose service, feel free to queue up your searches, put your phone away and carry on with your day. The Google app will work behind-the-scenes to detect when a connection is available again and deliver your search results once completed.”
If you begin a search whilst not connected to the internet the Google app will notify you of the lack of connection and that it will store search information – supplying results when connectivity is back. There will be an option to switch the function on or off and you will be made aware of when an Internet connection is available and when results are produced for you to look over.
The new app for Google is particularly helpful in countries where stability of connection isn’t guaranteed, like India for example. There are huge numbers of people in the country, a proportion of which are either not connected or are still reliant on a 2G network.
The new Google app means that people will not be delayed in their search plans but can rather search as and when they like, retrieving results later. The app is currently about to be launched for users of Androids, it has not yet been confirmed whether this will extend to Google apps for iOS.