Google is a launching a new app called Google Go that will help solve Africa’s slow internet speed problems for users having poor connectivity and facing high data costs.
The Google Go app will help reduce the amount of data needed to display search results over the web by 40% and at the same time allow the user to access previous searches offline.
According to Google’s blog post apart from reduced data usage, the Google Go app will also include a Voice search feature which will work better on slow connections such as the 2G networks.
According to Facebook’s products marketing manager for sub-Saharan Africa Christina Lin,
“More and more Africans are coming online every year, using mobile phones as their primary and sometimes only internet device,”
“But weak data connectivity, high data costs and low RAM or storage space often make it hard for people to get the most out of the internet.
“Google Go provides a lighter, faster way to search,” she wrote.
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The Go app is a sign of Google’s continued efforts to try and expand Internet reach into the sub Saharan Africa. Facebook is also another big player in this initiative as it has done the same with several initiatives to bring low-cost and free broadband to hard-to-reach areas.
Last year, the tech giant rolled out an online digital skills platform called Digital Skills for Africa with a goal to teach 10 million people across Africa online skills over the next five years to make them more employable using its platform.
The app is supported on devices running Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above and will be available in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. It will also be pre-installed on all Android Oreo (Go edition) devices, which will be available in stores soon.
Download the Google Go app here.
Source: Spur Magazine
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