Google Station: Free Wi-Fi hotspots across Nigeria and other announcements at #GoogleForNigeria Events

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The 2nd Google for Nigeria event held last week, and among other exciting sessions were the announcements of more products and programs to help Nigerians and across Africa benefit from the opportunities the web has to offer.
The country director  Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor said,

List of Google products and other announcements at #GoogleForNigeria Events alonside Google station for Nigeria

  • Google Station: high-quality Wi-Fi hotspots across Nigeria

Based on statistics on internet penetration, only 35 percent of Africans have access to the web, compared to 48 percent in Asia, 67 in Latin America, 85 in Europe and 95 in North America.
In an efforts to bid to make the internet more easily accessible to people in Nigeria, Google is launched Google Station for Nigeria: a program to provide high quality, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots in partnership with 21st Century, one of the largest fibre network providers in Nigeria.

Google Station for Nigeria
Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) at the launch of Google Station in Lagos. 
Google Station for Nigeria is expected to cover 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019, bringing Wi-Fi to millions of people.
Possible sites where google station is be situated will include markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities and more.
So far 5 Google stations have been sited in Lagos. The free Wi-Fi hotspots are currently available at the Landmark Centre, The Palms Mall, Ikeja Mall, MMA2 Domestic Airport Termina.
google station for Nigeria
The other locations across five additional cities are Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan.
  • Google Go: Listen to web pages read out loud

 

Google announced the update of several products from its “Go” initiative, which were 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. Google also announced more Nigerian landmarks and natural wonders on StreetView, so that Nigerians and others can discover more of the country. You can now virtually tour the National Museum in LagosOlumo Rock in Abeokuta, the Millenium Park in Abuja, Lekki Conservation Centre and many others—all from your phone.

  • 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.

 

  • Google Search: Helping you find what you need

 

In the month of March, Google launched job search experience in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa and this week, we’re expanding it to another 32 countries in Africa.
 A new Search experience that allows Nigerians to explore their health conditions based on symptoms has been added for google.com.ng
Also new recipe search experience helps you easily explore options for popular meals when you need them.
  • Grow with Google 

A year ago, we announced initiatives aimed at getting people the right skills and tools to make the digital world work for them, their businesses and their communities.
Click here to learn digital skills >> https://learndigital.withgoogle.com
Click here to Grow with Google >> https://grow.google 
  • Supporting startups and non-profit organizations


The Launchpad Accelerator Africa program provides over $3 million in equity-free support to African tech startups including mentorship, working space and access to technology.
12 startups have graduated so far, with more than 20 teams from Google and 40 mentors from 9 countries supporting them.
Google Launchpad Accelerator program
The startups have directly created 132 jobs and, between them, have raised over $7 million in funding. Their products are being used by approximately 4.5 million people.
Click here to apply for Google Launchpad Accelerator program
The ongoing Google Impact Challenge forms a part of our $20 million Google.org commitment to Africa over the next five years. We closed the application process with more than 5,500 entries.
 Google Impact Challenge
Google Nigeria is now in the process of selecting 36 nonprofit and social enterprise innovators who have the best uses of technology to tackle Africa’s biggest challenges.
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