We are glad to inform you that for the past few weeks that the attention of Google was caught by the country Nigeria, which as a result to many Google executives including Google CEO Sundar Pichai touring around Lagos State, in Nigeria.
The tour reaches its greatest point at the “Google for Nigeria” event held in Lagos, Nigeria.
Even other global google executives followed to make various announcements on new products features for Google users in Nigeria, while the initiatives focused on digital skills training, education and economic opportunity, and support for African startups and developers.
Caesar Sengupta also revealed that Google will be partner with MTN Nigeria to bring the freetel ICE 2 into the Nigerian market. According to Google, the smartphone will retail for only #13,000 and will also come with freebies such as double data bonuses.
Google previously launched a feature that streamlines search results so they load with less data and at high speed, even on 2G networks. However now, they’re extending that feature to streamline websites you reach from search results, so that they load with 90% less data and five times faster, even on low storage devices.
Locally relevant search results
Google has also made several updates to Search to bring more useful, relevant answers and information to people in Nigeria, such as;
- Knowledge Cards for everything from local football teams to Nigerian musicians and actors.
- Also, locally relevant Health Cards, in collaboration with the University of Ibadan, to detail common symptoms and treatments for the most prevalent health conditions in Nigeria. To launch later this year.
- PostsWithGoogle to enable musicians, entertainers and other public figures to share updates images and videos directly on Google Search. Nigeria is the third country where Google has made this feature available.
Google also launched Lagos on the Street View, with 10,000 kilometers of imagery, including the most important historic roads in the city. Google will add more Nigerian cities in due time, as soon as they can get permission from state governments of any state in the country Nigeria.
Google has also been putting to test a lighter “offline first” version of YouTube, called YouTube Go. With YouTube Go, users can download videos offline and share them wirelessly and without data, to friends nearby, promise to make that available as soon as it is ready.
Earlier this year, Google met its target of training 1 million Africans in digital skills. Sundar Pichai announced that Google plans to extend this to over 10 million Africans within the next 5 years.
According to Sundar Pichai, Google is also committing to providing mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans to develop world-class apps, with an initial focus on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
All this was said during the discussion between Google CEO, Sundar Pichai and Adesuwa Onyenokwe.
Google also plans to provide $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship, working space and access to expert advisers to more than 60 African startups over three years with the Launchpad Accelerator programme. In addition, the Launchpad Accelerator programme will be setting up base in Lagos, Nigeria, in collaboration with the Co-creation Hub.
Also, Google’s charitable arm, Google.org, is committing $20 million over the next five years to non-profits that are working to improve lives of people across Africa.
To kick-start this initiative, $2.5 million in initial grants will be given to the non-profit arms of African startups Gidi Mobile and Siyavula to provide free access to learning for 400,000 low-income students in South Africa and Nigeria.
With all these it very obvious that Nigeria is beginning to get very much attention from Google.