Google appears to be testing a few new features for its Google Search app on Android.
First up, a “Recent” tab is showing up for some users in the slide-out menu. This feature will let you see your recent searches, making it easy to pull up a previous search and check the results again. Searches in which you browsed multiple consequent pages are grouped together with a blue button that indicates how many pages are included.
Another new Google Search feature in testing is offline search. Some users are seeing a “Manage searches” tab in their Google Search app’s menu that lets you see all of your searches that haven’t been performed yet, like if you did them when you had no internet connection.
There’s also an “Offline search” section in the Google Search app’s settings that’ll let you toggle the option to retry failed searches and get alerted when your searches are ready. You can view your pending searches in this section, too.
The third new Google Search feature in testing is “Lite mode”. With this feature, Google will show you stripped down pages when your connection is slow or weak.
This “Lite mode” setting in the slide-out menu lets you switch between On, Off, and Automatic, with Automatic activating the feature only when the app detects that you’re on a slow connection.
As is regularly the case when Google tests new features in its apps, these three Google Search features appear to be toggled server-side. That means that there’s nothing you can do to make them appear on your device. They sound like they’d make nifty additions to the Google Search app, though, like offline search letting you search for something even if you don’t have an internet connection, that way you don’t forget what you were searching for when you regain your connection.
Are you seeing any of these new Google Search features?