【谷歌的轻量级搜索应用程序,谷歌Go,推出给世界各地的Android用户】

谷歌GO,一个轻量级的版本谷歌的搜索应用程序,今天开始对世界各地的Android用户可用。在数月的测试后,该应用程序于2017年首次推出,主要设计用于新兴市场。与许多为新兴市场构建的"Lite"版本一样,Google Go 在手机上占用的空间更少,现在略高于7MB,它包括离线功能,以帮助那些连接速度慢和间歇性的用户。谷歌还声称,该应用的搜索结果经过优化,可保存高达40%的数据。除了网络搜索,Google Go 还包括其他发现功能,例如能够点击热门主题、语音搜索、图像和 GIF 搜索、在语言之间切换的简便方法,以及让网页大声朗读的能力。在今年春天的谷歌I/O开发者大会上,谷歌宣布也将镜头引入谷歌Go。镜头允许用户将智能手机摄像头对准真实世界的对象,以便提供相关信息。在 Google Go 中,镜头功能将帮助难以阅读的用户。当相机指向文本时(例如,公共汽车时刻表、签名或银行表单)时,镜头可以大声朗读文本,在说话时突出显示单词。用户还可以点击特定单词以了解其定义或翻译文本。

Google’s lightweight search app, Google Go, launches to Android users worldwide
Sarah Perez@sarahintampa / 12:00 am CST • August 21, 2019
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Google Go, a lightweight version of Google’s search app, is today becoming available to all Android users worldwide. First launched in 2017 after months of beta testing, the app had been designed primarily for use in emerging markets where people are often accessing the internet for the first time on unstable connections by way of low-end Android devices.
Like many of the “Lite” versions of apps built for emerging markets, Google Go takes up less space on phones — now at just over 7MB — and it includes offline features to aid those with slow and intermittent internet connections. The app’s search results are optimized to save up to 40% data, Google also claims.
Beyond web search, Google Go includes other discovery features, as well — like the ability to tap through trending topics, voice search, image and GIF search, an easy way to switch between languages, and the ability to have web pages read aloud, powered by AI.
At Google’s I/O developer conference this spring, the company announced it was also bringing Lens to Google Go.

Lens allows users to point their smartphone camera at real-world objects in order to bring up relevant information. In Google Go, the Lens feature will help users who struggle to read. When the camera is pointed at text — like a bus schedule, sign or bank form, for example — Lens can read the text out loud, highlighting the words as they’re spoken. Users can also tap on a particular word to learn its definition or have the text translated.
While Lens was only a 100KB addition, according to Google, the updates to the Go app since launch have increased its size. Initially, it was a 5MB app; now it’s a little more than 7MB.
Previously, Google Go was only available in a few countries on Android Go edition devices. According to data from Sensor Tower, it has been installed approximately 17.5 million times globally, with the largest percentage of users in India (48%). Its next largest markets are Indonesia (16%), Brazil (14%), Nigeria (6%) and South Africa (4%), Sensor Tower says.
In total, it has been made available to 29 countries on Android Go edition devices, including: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Gabon, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Mali, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Google says the app now has “millions” of users.
Today, Google says it will be available to all users worldwide on the Play Store.
Google says it decided to launch the app globally, including in markets where bandwidth is not a concern, because it understands that everyone at times can struggle with problems like limited phone storage or spotty connections.
Plus, it’s a lightweight app for reading and translating text. At Google I/O, the company had noted there are more than 800 million adults worldwide who struggle to read — and, of course, not all are located in emerging markets.

Google Go is one of many lightweight apps Google has built for emerging markets, along with YouTube Go, Files Go, Gmail Go, Google Maps Go, Gallery Go and Google Assistant Go, for example.
The Google Go app will be available on the Play Store to global users running Android Lollipop or higher.
原文链接:
https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/20/googles-lightweight-search-app-google-go-launches-to-android-users-worldwide/


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