That’s why, starting this week, Google News and Weather for Android is introducing a new feature called “Lite mode” to help users in the parts of the world where still slow mobile networks are the norm
This will rolling out today to India will be available in other countries in emerging markets like Braxil and Indonesia in the coming months, and more places will be adding next year.
By default Lite mode triggers automatically when a slower network is detected. Additionally, users can also choose to control Lite mode directly. And, when an article is read in “Lite mode”, they’re served via Google’s faster and lighter mobile web pages.
In the Lite mode, part from the headlines, rest other component are trim down to essentials for quik app load and uses less than one-third of the data, writes google.
Where in the normal mode, News, aggregate headlines, images and related content, making it fast and easy for people to find articles they care about.
In additon, News is localized in India starting now availble in Hindi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telegu and English, from than 1,000 India-based publishers, added google.
Google had also started providing local news sources to users in all News editions globally that include 71 countries and 38 languages, building on an Local Source tag that surfaces local sources for national stories.
In other news, YouTube Go now arrived in India. Built from scratch, the app is designed with four concepts: “first, relatable, with video recommendations and a user interface that is made for you.” Here are some of YouTube Go’s most notable features:
- Find and discover relatable videos right on the home screen.
- Preview videos before you save or watc by just a tap on a thumbnail.
- Choose your resolution when saving or streaming videos.
- Share videos with friends and family nearby without using any data. You can send and receive videos instantly and offline with others using the YouTube Go app.
Additionally, users can also use features such as ‘YouTube Offline” so you could watch videos without suffering from buffering. And, “Smart Offline”, that allows you to schedule videos to be saved offline later at off-peak times, when there’s more bandwidth so data is faster and cheaper.
YouTube’s hosted U.S. Presidentail debate on September 26, starting at 9:00 p.m. ET, garnered nearly “2 million live concurrent viewers” and “3 million live watch hours across the six news organizations” that streamed the debate on YouTube.