Google’s Android App Adds Offline Search Storage

Google’s Android App Adds Offline Search Storage

Android users will soon be able to Google search while offline… sort of. The latest search app for Google’s smartphone OS adds a new feature that can store search queries made while the phone is not connected to a data network. It will complete the search the next time a signal is acquired and notify the user.

In other words, if you initiate a Google search while on the subway (or other place with no data network), the app will store it and process the search once you get above ground (or any place with a data network). While this seems sort of underwhelming, it is actually intended to be a battery conservation technique. Currently, the handset will keep trying to complete the search and wear down the battery in the process.

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