The Google Go lightweight web search Android app is now available worldwide

Written 9 months ago by IanDorfman

Google's lightweight search engine app for lower spec phones running on Android is now available across the globe.

Initially launched in 2017 in select regions alongside other lightweight "Go" apps in a lightweight variant of Small Android iconAndroid fittingly called Android Go, Small Google Go iconGoogle Go is positioned as a much lighter alternative to the traditional Small Google Search iconGoogle Search app for Android, taking up drastically less storage space and using significantly less memory than its fuller counterpart. As a compromise, Google Go also features comparatively basic functions and restrictions, such as not being able to change your search region. That said, better to feature basic functions and run than to not run at all.

Notably, Google Go still features Google's new Small Google Lens iconGoogle Lens technology that enables users to point their device's camera at to translate or transcribe it in real time. In addition to this functionality, Google Go can also open special lighter versions of select websites that are designed around conserving memory and battery usage. This functionality is opt-in by default.

Despite only being available in India and smaller nations in Europe in 2017, Android Go received plenty of press coverage throughout its announcement and release cycle.

Google Go is available now via the Google Play Store worldwide.

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