Google Releases New Africa App

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Google says its releasing an app in Africa to help internet users overcome obstacles such as the lack of high-speed connectivity and the cost of data on the continent.

The release of Google Go is the U.S. technology giant’s latest attempt to extend its reach into emerging markets such as sub-Saharan Africa, where Facebook Inc. is also making progress.

Alphabet Inc. unit has laid fiber-optic cable on the continent, eased access to cheaper Android phones and trained a workforce in digital skills.

The new app will help 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.

According to the Google Africa, Chief Marketing Officer Mzamo Masito, the Google Go app is built to help reduce  Weak data connectivity, high data costs and low storage space which often make it hard for people to get the most out of the internet.

U.S. tech giants see Africa as a relatively untapped market for smartphones and services such as web search and social media.

However,  Younger consumers in sub-Saharan Africa are increasingly demanding quicker internet speeds and cheaper phones to go about their business, while local wireless operators including MTN Group Ltd. and Vodacom Group Ltd. see the digital space as their fastest-growing market.

The company said the new app will be available in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and can be accessed from the Google Playstore. The app will be pre-installed in all Android Oreo devices.