Google CEO, Sundar Pichai paid a visit to Nigeria yesterday for an event tagged ‘Google For Nigeria’. During the visit Mr Pichal announced that Google is committed to preparing 10 million Africans for the ‘jobs of the future’ over the next five years. The search giant’s boss stated that the company has already exceeded its last year target of training one million young people in the region.
He also used the platform to confirm Google’s commitment to training 100,000 African developers to deliver world-class apps. Google also announced at the event, plans to provide $3 million equity-free funding and mentorship support to African youths in through its Launchpad Acceleration Program.
In addition, exciting products and developments were also announced at the event. They include: Google street view for Lagos, Posts with Google, YouTube Go and Gboard.
Posts with Google is allows verified people, places or organisation to share posts directly to Google. These posts will be directly available in search results. Currently Posts with Google is only available three countries – the US, Brazil and Nigeria.
The Gboard is a virtual keyboard developed by Google for Android and iOS devices. It features Google search, predictive typing and offers multilingual language support. Now available in Nigeria, it will make typing in Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo much easier.
Google street view of Lagos. Finally! This is a feature that has been obviously missing in terms of Google coverage of Nigeria for many years now. It is now possible to view the streets of Lagos right from the comfort of your room in any part of the world. Although limited to Lagos for now, we expect more top Nigerian cities to be covered over the next few years.
YouTube Go is a product designed to give the full YouTube experience in a way that is “relatable, connected, cost-effective, and social”. It is currently undergoing beta testing in Nigeria and will be available globally for wider beta testing by the end of the year
[Featured photo credit: Google Africa Blog]