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Wonder why your mobile is lagging over-and-again? “Good morning” messages to be blamed

If you have been constantly feeling that your mobile is lagging, and have been searching day-in-and-day-out to find the solution to fix the slowing of the phone, then mate, blame your Uncle and Aunt of spamming your WhatsApp inbox with “Good Morning” texts. No, we’re not making this up, a research by Google reveals it all.

Researchers who discovered a new app – Files Go – to help users delete unnecessary content on their mobiles shows the data.

Google searches from India had revealed that in the last five years, “Good Morning images” rose tenfold. There was a nine-fold such increase on visual-search platform Pinterest. Messaging service giant, WhatsApp, which is now owned by Facebook, in the last year, has added a message that allows a user to send a “Good Morning” text to all of its users all at once.

At a weekly meeting with Bhartiya Janata Party lawmakers in December 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had reportedly expressed his displeasure at his colleagues’ reluctance to reply to his Good Morning messages on the Narendra Modi app, NDTV had reported. “I send good morning messages, but apart from five or six MPs, no one responds,” Modi is believed to have said.

To help users running out of space on their phones, the company launched a new app called Files Go that helps users delete unnecessary content. The researchers used Google’s huge image database and artificial intelligence tools to programme the app to find the good morning messages and prompt users to delete them.

“We were trying to deconstruct what is the DNA of a good morning message for months,” said Josh Woodward, the Google product manager who led the effort. “It has been a lot of hard work to get it right.”

The app has been downloaded more than 10 million times, most of it in India, and has deleted on average more than 1GB of data per user, Google said.

Google unveiled the app in New Delhi in December, with the crowd of media and government officials applauding the company for including the morning message delete feature.

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