Google today demonstrated its continued support for the Nigerian market, announcing some key partnerships and launching some cool tech products at its third annual Google for Nigeria event in Lagos.
Here are the highlights:
- Gallery Go
￼The company launched Gallery Go, a lightweight photo manager available for Android and designed to work offline, and keeps your photos organized, makes them look great, and doesn’t use up all your data.
- Online Safety Curriculum
￼In partnership with the Nigerian Government, Google launched an online safety curriculum available to all Primary and Secondary school students in the country which would reach an estimated 56 million Nigerian students every year.
￼Google StreetView, launched in Lagos in July 2017, which allows you to view 360-degree images of streets, is now available in Abuja, Benin City, Enugu and Ibadan, with almost 12,000 kilometers of roads in Nigeria.
- Google Go Assistant
￼According to Google, users would soon be able to access the Assistant directly from Google Go, its lightweight and faster way to search, allowing you to use your voice to get directions to the nearest restaurant, make calls hands free during your commute, and unwind by playing your favourite tunes. And there’s a new Nigerian voice for the Assistant too.
- Travel Mode
The company also announced a dedicated travel mode to provide directions and voice navigation for motorcycles in Benin, Ghana, Rwanda, Togo and Uganda well as transit informations for ‘Danfos’ in Nigeria on Google Maps.
- Google Lens
￼Google also rolled out Lens inside Google Go to help people read, translate, and search the words they see just using their camera, with support for Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo languages. You can open Lens, point it at a sign, and listen to the words read out loud. Even, if you don’t speak the language, you can translate it into your own.
- Google Bolo
￼Bolo, a speech-based reading app with one-on-one assistance to help kids learn how to read is launching in Nigeria and Ghana soon, after it was launched about five months ago in India. The app encourages kids aged 6–11 to read out loud and then provides feedback to help improve their reading capabilities.
- A Taste of Nigeria
￼Google has introduced a “A Taste of Nigeria” on its Arts an Culture platform, in collaboration with the Pan-Atlantic University, to feature the vibrant and diverse foods of many different Nigerians from Akara to Jollof rice.
- emPawa Africa
￼The company announced that it is supporting 10 emerging Nigerian artists to help build their craft, increase their fanbase and connect with the world through YouTube, an effort to be driven through emPawa Africa, an initiative launched by music artist, Mr Eazi which promotes and empowers African independent artists. So far, emPawa has supported 22 Nigerian artists to provide training to build their skills through digital platforms such as YouTube.