The New YouTube Go. It’s no new news that few leading role players, companies and leaders in ICT are currently taking Africa and its Asian counterpart serious. Most especially with FaceBook Ceo’s recent tour to Nigeria, India and few other neighborhoods in the past few months.
There’s another new development; two of Google’s top executives also did visit Nigeria of recent. This time, it’s Google’s recently acknowledged CEO, Sundar Pichai. And this is the first time ever a CEO from Google would be visiting West Africa; that’s if I’m not mistaken.
Google manager Sundar Pichai joined colleagues from his official team on his first ever-anticipated visit to Nigeria as the organization reportedly said to have series of products in stall for launch in the country. This includes YouTube Go, a custom platform where users with slow Internet can preview and save videos for a later viewing.
The thing is, majority of YouTube fans in Nigeria and West Africa in general constantly battle with slow/fluctuating internet connectivity. With the YouTube Go web application, downloading videos in range of different resolutions is easy. Plus, you can also watch it at a later time without an Internet connection.
Nigeria has around 93 million Internet users, and it’s no new story that the cost of internet data is somewhat expensive. Added to that; internet connectivity can sometimes become slower than expected. It is the second country after India to have the YouTube Go application access. Google has owned YouTube App since 2006.
The move is sure to build YouTube’s developing Nigeria base. Which the platform is certain to court; it held the primary YouTube sub-Saharan Africa award a year ago and noticeable Nigerian bloggers have been included in marketing campaigns within the country and Africa in whole.
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Google disclosed that the number of hours of video content being uploaded in Africa has doubled for the past two years; while viewing time on mobile phones is grown 120% year over year. Nigeria has contributed tremendously towards achieving that feat.
Google will likewise form a new alliance with Japanese mobile phone maker Freetel to produce around 13,000 Naira (about $40) Android telephones for the country. Caesar Sengupta, VP of product management disclosed at the recently concluded Google for Nigeria event, Nigeria.
Google to train 10 Million Youths in ICT.
Oh yea! Google’s charitable arm has got Nigeria and the rest of Africa — aside the YouTube Go project! As Google reiterated that “it will train over 10 million people over the next five years in the field of Information and Communication technology.” said Pichai.
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Many will be excited about the new street view launch for Lagos, by the Google team. An overall imagery of 10,000 kilometers of Lagos roads; which includes the renown Eko bridge, Carter Bridge and the National Museum was added. Now you can view them on Google Street View.
More than 100,000 small businesses was also included on the list of items on Google Maps.
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More than 1.2 billion Africans are connected to the web and Nigeria has more than 100 million internet and web content users. Excitingly making it the highest in Africa. The high number of African internet and web content users proves to be useful as the tech conglomerate is set to launch the first ever Google Impact Challenge in Africa in 2018, so watch out for it.
Also besides the YouTube Go Launch. Google set up the challenge and visits regions across the world asking locals to share innovation that could help their communities and beyond. The winners will get a grant of $5 million to develop the concept.
Google grants arm will also train 100,000 African software experts. It will be focusing mainly on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.