Yesterday at the Google For Nigeria event held in Lagos, the Alphabet company announced its plans to launch new products and features which will enable the tech company to help people in various African countries, including Nigeria.
Below are the things announced at the Google For Nigeria event, this includes a new Gallery Go and support for upcoming artists through Mr Eazi’s emPawa company.
Maps Suited for African Roads
One of the targeted apps is Google Maps, which will offer travel directions in Nigerian accent in either motorcycle or car driving mode. With such a feature, users will listen to local names and places pronounced clearly. They will also have access to a unique travel mode that will provide directions in six African countries, including Nigeria.
Other features to be introduced to the travel app include routes for Danfo buses and panoramic imagery in Street view in Abuja, Benin, Ibadan, and Enugu. Google Maps will also add 12 thousand kilometres of Nigerian roads to its database.
Photo Gallery that Works without a Data Connection
Gallery Go comes as a new Google service, which focuses on Nigerians who cannot back up their photos due to limited data connectivity. The new app will also help users to manage, find, and edit their images when offline.
Furthermore, the app uses auto-tap to make your photos look sharper and better. Surprisingly, the app is downloadable on any internal storage as it requires 10MB worth of space. Such size allows your phone work quickly aa the app does not contain bloatware.
You can download and install the app from Google Play. But Gallery Go runs on devices with Andriod 8.1 (Oreo) or later. Also, phones from the A55 series and the Itel S15 (which will be launched in Nigeria) shall have Gallery Go as their pre-installed gallery app.
Lite Search App for All Android Devices
Google Go is a lite version of the Google Search app. Using this app, you can discover the best of the internet on devices with low RAMs or poor data connection. As a result of an update, you can also keep in touch with content.
According to Google’s blog, as from next week, users will be able to access Assistant from Google Go. With this update, you can make calls, check the latest music, or find places of interest. You can also hear results from the Assistant in a Nigerian accent.
Easy Learning for All Ages
Google Lens uses photos to educate people across the world. However, Google plans to launch this app inside Google Go so that people can read, translate, and search words they see with cameras. To use this app, point your camera to a sign and listen to the words. If you don’t understand the language, the app can help you translate. As at yesterday, Google offered support for Nigerian languages such as Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo.
For kids who want to learn how to read in English, Google’s Bolo helps them read put loud and also improves their reading skill. This service which is used in India will now be offered to users in Nigeria and Ghana.
Discover Nigerian Cuisines
Thanks to Google Arts and Culture “Come Chop Bellefull: A Taste of Nigeria” project, you can discover Nigerian cuisine via 2000 photos and 30 stories from various parts of the country. This project was carried out in partnership with The Centenary Project at the Pan-Atlantic University.
You will also have online access to local food festivals and discover drink and food recipes.
Support for Upcoming Artistes with YouTube
At the event, YouTube also revealed its plans to aid Nigerian homegrown talent. The first phase of this program will feature a partnership between the platform and Mr. Eazi’s emPawa Africa. It also aims to support ten upcoming music artistes by training and exposure by the Google service. Currently, the emPawa initiative has helped 22 artistes in their quest to become independent music entrepreneurs.
It was a colourful Google For Nigeria event with appearances from Akon, Tiwa Savage, Teni and many more.