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Google’s Discover Feed for Android Gets Slimmer and Faster

The Discover feed that a lot of Android users might be taking advantage of these days is basically an attempt on Google’s part to keep itself relevant as a purveyor of content and as a platform that connects users to information that might just be relevant to them. Android users that might have been using older phone models were not able to take advantage of this feature though because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up slowing their phones down to the point where they would end up becoming more or less unusable.

With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Google is now going to bring a version of Discover to these older Android phones that will be slimmed down to a great extent. The most prominent way in which this would be done is that article summaries are no longer going to be incorporated into Discover feed which would reduce the amount of bandwidth and processing power that this feature would require in the first place.

Another thing that is being done to streamline Discover is that the shadows have been removed. This is a less visually demanding design that would also conforms with the rather flat perspectives that modern design philosophies are starting to popularize. The creator of the content that is being displayed might gain an advantage due to this increased screen real estate since it would allow their name to be displayed a bit more prominently.

Whether or not this will drive increased usage of the Discover feed in the future remains to be seen, but it does indicate that Google is taking this feed seriously and wants to find a way to make it accessible to as many users as possible.

H/T: 9to5Google / XDA.

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