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Google Go launches in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa to make search faster

Google announced the launch of Google Go in Nigeria and across 26 other Sub-Saharan African countries. Google Go is a search app built specifically for the African market to address the issue of slow internet connectivity.

As smartphone penetration increases on the continent, there is still a wide divide in smartphone specifications and internet connectivity. The app wants to give users a seamless web, access and search experience across board regardless of what device they use or how strong their data is.

Google Go organizes all a user’s interest in one place; trending topics, quick search functionality, images and GIF search, and voice search among others.

Smart suggestions give users search results while they are still searching and the new improved voice search can pick up the strongest of accents.

Weighing less than 5 megabytes, optimally functional on low-RAM smartphones, and able to save up to 40% data, Google Go seems like an answer to Nigeria’s internet situation. It utilizes a new compression technology to make search and web experiences faster.

For now, Google Go is only available on the Google Play store for devices running Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above.

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