The compact nature of the world now has made it easier for information to be transferred from one place to the other at a very fast rate through the internet especially, but, in the case where the internet connection slow or when you locality isn’t connected, life begins to run on at a decline pace for you. As part of Google’s long-term plans to make fast internet available in every corner of the world, the company held its second Google for Nigeria on July 26, 2018, graced by the Vice President Of Nigeria, Yemi Osinbajo.
At the event, Google launched the Google Station, a program to provide high quality, high-speed Wifi hotspots in partnership with one of the largest fibre network providers in the country, 21st Century. The country director for Google Nigeria, Juliet Ethimuan-Chizor explains further the benefits citizens will derive from this initiative by Google. Some of the sites to be covered by the Google Station include, markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities, in all, the program will cover over 200 locations in five different cities in Nigeria.
Aside from Nigeria, the Google Station has been rolled out in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico. Also, Google has launched the Job Search in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa. The StreetView’s Discovery Nigeria gallery has since been expanded to National Museum in Lagos, Olumo Rock In Abeokuta, Millenium Park in Abuja and Lekki Conversation Centre, and other programs that users can use to explore their health conditions based on symptoms and more.
Additionally, Google announced the update of several products from its “Go” initiative, which was launched in the past year. The Go product suite aims to give people with low bandwidth connections and low-RAM devices the best possible Google experience. These new features include:
Google Go: will soon read web pages out loud and highlight each word so users can 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: will now provide users with turn-by-turn directions, whether they’re travelling by car, by bus or on foot.
Android Go: Launched in Nigeria and 29 other African countries earlier this year, the Go OS gives people coming online for the first time a powerful and reliable smartphone experience. Across Africa, Transsion, Nokia, Huawei, and Mobicel have launched various devices, starting at just over 17,000 Naira.
Over 2.5 million of the 10 million Africans Google promised to train by 2022 have been trained through the Digital Skills Programme. Google has trained a further 9,000 Africans in mobile app development and Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa initiative graduated 12 promising startups from across the continent in June.
The application process of the ongoing Google Impact Challenge, part of Google’s $20m Google.org commitment to Africa over the next five years, closed with over 5,500 entries. The process of selecting the 36 finalists has begun.
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