Google is rolling out an update for its Android app that makes it easier to search the internet with an inconsistent internet connection. Users can make searches when offline and the Google app will store them, delivering the results later (with an optional notification) when the device gets a signal again.
As Google product manager Shekhar Sharad writes in a blog post: “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.”
Sharad also notes that the feature “won’t drain your battery” and will only have a “minimal” impact on data usage. Any pending searches will be stored in the Google app itself under the Manage Searches option. Let’s hope the iOS Google app gets a similar update sometime soon.