Africa gets new app to beat slow internet speed, high data costs

Mildred Europa Taylor April 15, 2018
Africa gets new search app to beat slow internet speed

Africans have, over the years, complained about weak data connectivity, high data costs and small storage space, which keeps them from getting the best out of the internet for their businesses and other personal use.

As such, tech company Google has announced that it is releasing an app in Africa that would help internet users deal with the above concerns.

The new app, Google Go, is expected to reduce the amount of data needed to display search results by 40 percent and to allow previous searches to be accessed offline.

The internet giant has also adapted the voice function to work better on slow connections, even as basic as 2G networks, news site Bloomberg reports.

The app will be available in 26 countries in sub-Saharan Africa and will currently be only available on Android phones.

Kiswahili, a language used widely in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda, is available on the app but other local languages will be rolled out soon, the tech company has assured.

The company also plans to make the app available in other emerging markets, including Brazil, India, and Indonesia.

Last Edited by:Nduta Waweru Updated: April 15, 2018


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