At its recently concluded I/O conference, Google launched a series of initiatives that was aimed at making apps lighter and easier to use in low bandwidth conditions, especially in developed countries.
Principal among those initiatives are the new updates on popular social media platforms like YouTube and Google Maps along with an easy view option in the famed Chrome browser.
If the initiatives are implemented soon, you will be able to use a new archiving tool to save videos for later viewing for as long as 48 hours in offline mode. This should be most helpful while travelling in ‘not-spot’ zones or when you may have to solely rely on your phone's precious internet data.
For Google Maps, Google will ensure that you will be able to view several essential information like addresses, opening hours of businesses, phone numbers, road directions as well as voice directions in offline mode.
Google have also invested on a ‘Network Quality Estimator’ (NQE) tool which lands search results based on the network quality. This means that if you land up in a zone with 2G speed, Chrome will prioritize texts in new web pages in favour of images which normally consume larger data and are slow to open. This could be similar to the 'Reader' option in Apple's Safari web browser.
These new updates could be life-changing for users in countries where internet WiFi is a precious commodity or where 4G speed is still a distant dream. With unmatched reach and popularity across the world, these platforms are sure to enhance their reputations in the coming days.