According to CNN, the good news came as Google boss Sundar Pichai joined members of his executive team on his first visit to Nigeria as the company announced a series of products for the country, including YouTube Go, a platform where users with slow Internet can preview and save videos with little data.
YouTube users in the country can now download any video in a range of different resolutions so that they can watch it later without an Internet connection.While Nigeria has about 93 million mobile Internet users, the cost of data is expensive and at times the Internet is very slow.
Nigeria is the second country after India to have the YouTube Go capability. Google has owned YouTube since 2006.
The Google Go App is meant only for emerging markets and Nigeria happens to be one. The app is going to serve the population in the following:
Advantages of YouTube Go
- Easy video downloading
- Phone-number sign-in
- Effortless searching
- Effective ways to control data usage
- A home screen that shows both personalized recommendations as well as trending and popular videos nearby, allowing users to see the latest content that the people around are watching, upfront
- A ‘preview video’ function to make it easier to decide what to watch or download
CNN reporter, Stephanie Busari, and Osman Mohamed reveal that Over 1.2 billion Africans are connected to the internet and Nigeria has over 100 million internet users, making it the highest in Africa. The high number of African internet users comes in handy as the tech giant is set to launch Google Impact Challenge in Africa in 2018.