Well, not really…
Google is focusing on making its services more accessible offline like Google Drive, Maps, YouTube and Google Translate. Removing the snag of beginning a search when there’s no mobile signal or only patchy coverage, the updated app will now queue searches if there’s no connection and deliver the result when a connection is re-established, Google explains.
“Mobile networks can sometimes be inconsistent, 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,” Google added.
Though the feature doesn’t enable offline search per se, but Google has come pretty close to the problem of searching. The app will now take your search query while you are offline, save it, then deliver the result as soon as your connection is reestablished
If you’re worried about data charges or preserving battery life, “don’t fret. This feature won’t drain your battery, and by fetching streamlined search results pages, it minimally impacts data usage”, Google reassures the public.
The feature is live on the Android version of the Google search app, which is significant seems how Android is the main operating system in emerging markets where new internet users are coming from. There’s no word on when, or even whether, it will roll out to the iOS version, Techcrunch reports.
This added feature is really relevant to the Nigerian market, where we battle with intermittent, spotty or weak internet connections.