‘Google Go’ Seeks to Overcome Slow Internet in Africa

Tuesday, 17 April, 2018 - 05:30 -

‘Google Go’ Seeks to Overcome Slow Internet in Africa

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The Google logo is seen on a tablet screen. (AFP)
London - Asharq Al-Awsat
A new app launched by Google helps internet users in Africa overcome poor connectivity and the high cost of data.

Google Go reduces the amount of data needed to display search results by 40 percent and allows previous searches to be accessed offline.

According to the German news agency, the company has also adapted the voice search to work better on slow connections.

CNET.com cited Christina Lin, Facebook products marketing manager for sub-Saharan Africa, as saying: “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."

The app is the search giant's latest effort to expand its reach into sub-Saharan Africa, where Facebook has already rolled out several initiatives to bring low-cost and free broadband to hard-to-reach areas.

Last year, Google announced plans to teach 10 million people in Africa online skills over the next five years to make them more employable.

Google Go operates 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 devices, which will be available in stores soon.