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Introducing Google Go; A lighter, faster way to search.

More and more Africans are coming online every year, using mobile phones as their primary and sometimes only internet device. Online isn’t somewhere people ‘go’ anymore, it’s where they live - connecting with the people, places and things that matter to them. But weak data connectivity, high data costs and low RAM or storage space often make it hard for people to get the most out of the internet.

Today, we’re launching Google Go - a new app to make it easy for people to discover the best of the internet, even on low-RAM smartphones or unstable network connections. It’s available for devices running Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above, and delivers the same seamless experience whether you’re on a high-end or low-end phone.

A video description of Google Go

With Google Go, everything you need is just a tap away. Easily search for information or see what’s trending in your country. Find an inspirational quote for a loved one with an image or GIF search, discover places nearby, and browse videos. Access all your favorite apps and websites and discover the top destinations in your country.

Illustration showing 3 things to know about Google Go

Saves data Google Go takes up less than 5 MB, which makes it quick to download without using much data, and it takes up minimal space on your phone. It uses the latest version of Google’s advanced compression algorithm, which means search results are displayed using 40% less data. Search results are also cached on the device so you can quickly re-access previous searches, even when you’re offline, without incurring further data costs. When there’s no internet access, Google Go retries failed search requests in the background and lets you know as soon as the results are ready. Web pages load quickly, even in data-saving mode or on 2G connections.

Fast Google Go provides a lighter, faster way to search. It loads results instantly as you type and smart word suggestions help you search faster with minimal typing. The home page icons make it faster and easier for you to discover new content and find what you’re looking for with a single tap. Voice search has been improved to work better on slow connections. Add the search bar widget to your home screen for fast and easy access to what’s trending around you.

Google Go provides a lighter, faster way to search

Google Go is available today in 26 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa through the Google Play Store. It will come pre-installed on all Android Oreo (Go edition) devices, available in stores soon.