TECHNOLOGY: Google Releases new Africa App to beat slow Internet speeds
Google Go reduces data needed for searches by 40 percent. App will be available in 26 sub-Saharan African countries
The new app reduces the amount of data needed to display search results by 40 percent and allows previous searches to be accessed offline. The internet giant has also adapted the voice function to work better on slow connections, even as basic as 2G networks, according to Google Africa Chief Marketing Officer Mzamo Masito.
“Weak data connectivity, high data costs and low storage space often make it hard for people to get the most out of the internet,” he told reporters on Thursday. “Google Go is built to handle these challenges.”
U.S. tech giants see Africa as a relatively untapped market for smartphones and services such as web search and social media. Younger consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly demanding quicker internet speeds and cheaper phones to go about their business, while MTN Group Ltd. and Vodacom Group Ltd. see the digital space as their fastest-growing market.
The new app will be available in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and will be pre-installed on Android Oreo, Go edition devices. The company also plans to make it available in other emerging markets, including India, Brazil and Indonesia, Masito said in an interview.
AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: April 12, 2018 at 02:24PM