Google hosted its Google for Nigeria event on the 26th July to 27th July. Being the second of its kind, Google made a number of announcements aimed at improving the lives of Nigerians and Africans at large.
In the quest to make the internet easily accessible by to Nigerians, Google officially announced the launch of Google Station, a program to provide high quality and high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots to Nigerians. This will be achieved in collaboration with the 21st Century, one of the biggest fibre network providers in Nigeria.
The Wi-Fi hotspots (Google Station) will be rolling out in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019. This initiative will bring Wi-Fi to millions of people and make the internet more easily accessible by all Nigerians, “says Google Nigeria Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor.
Google also gave an update on the “Go” initiative which was launched last year.
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The Google “Go” experience aims to provide people with low bandwidth connections and low-RAM devices the best Google experience. The new features of the “GO initiative” are:
Google Go: Reads web pages out loud and highlight each word to enable users to follow along
YouTube Go: Users will be able to browse downloaded YouTube Go videos, saved as .yt files, right from the gallery on their phones
Google Maps Go: gives users turn-by-turn direction when traveling by any means of transportation
Android Go: Gives people coming online for the first time a robust and reliable smartphone experience Across Africa.
“We are offering new solutions to improve and expand access in Nigeria and across Africa; these launches demonstrate our commitment to Africa through products to help people in Africa to make the most of the internet, “ Ehimuan-Chiazor added.
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