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  • Google Launches YouTube Go Mobile App To Combat Slow Speeds In Nigeria

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the availability of YouTube Go for Nigerians during his visit to the country. Photo - TechDemi By Peter Pedroncelli, 10:57 am

    A specialized version of the the Google-owned online video service, called YouTube Go, has been made available to Nigerian users through the launch of a mobile app in the country. The U.S.-based company announced that the YouTube Go app is now available for initial public download in Nigeria. Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria in July to unveil a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds.

  • Google’s Emerging Markets Startup Accelerator Expands To More African Countries

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the availability of YouTube Go for Nigerians during his visit to the country. Photo - TechDemi By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:02 am

    Google’s emerging markets startup accelerator, Launchpad, has expanded to seven additional African countries from the original three eligible for the program since May of this year. This means that growth stage startups in Algeria, Egypt, Ghana, Morocco, Tanzania, Tunisia, and Uganda can now apply to be part of the accelerator program. Previously the only three African countries considered for applications were South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.

  • Google Partnering With Japanese Manufacturer To Provide $40 Smartphones In Nigeria

    $40 smartphones - Mobile phone sales - Smartphone sales in Africa are expected to recover in 2018. Photo - Blerds By Peter Pedroncelli, 6:08 am

    At a Google for Nigeria event that was held last week, the American mega-company revealed that it would be working with Japanese mobile manufacturer Freetel to provide $40 smartphones for Nigerians. Google will look to launch the affordable Ice 2 smartphone in September, with their Android operating system embedded in order to provide them with an advantage in the fast-growing Nigerian mobile market.

  • Google Makes Offline Version Of YouTube Available For Nigerians With Slow Internet

    Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced the availability of YouTube Go for Nigerians during his visit to the country. Photo - TechDemi By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:20 am

    Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and his team visited Nigeria to unveil a selection of products designed specifically for people in the West African nation, including a YouTube version built for Nigerians with slow internet speeds. Google Street View will also be coming to Lagos, while the company has committed to extending their training to five million young Africans over the next five years, including 100,000 app developers.

  • Kenyan Girls Earn Place At 2017 Google Technovation After Developing Mobile App

    Kenyan Girls Earn Place At 2017 Google Technovation After Developing Mobile App. Photo - DisruptAfrica By Peter Pedroncelli, 5:27 am

    Five Kenyan girls have been invited to take part in the 2017 Google Technovation after they impressed with their mobile app, which aims to put a stop to female genital mutilation in the East African country. The girls, aged between 15 and 17 years old, are the only Africans selected to be part of this year’s event at Google’s headquarters in California, where their app will be in contention to win a $15,000 prize.

  • Amazon EC2 Founder Joins Board Of South African Fintech Startup

    South African Startup - Chris Pinkham has been appointed to the board of JUMO as an independent director. Photo - JUMO By Peter Pedroncelli, 10:40 am

    South African fintech startup JUMO has announced the appointment of Amazon EC2 founder Chris Pinkham as an active independent director of the company. Cape Town University-educated Pinkham begins work for the South African company with immediate effect, having left his role as vice president of Engineering at Twitter in February this year, and will be working with JUMO’s leadership team on technical and product strategy.

  • 12 Most Valuable Tech Brands According To Africans

    By Peter Pedroncelli, 4:39 am AFKI Original

    Africans ascribe value to various tech brands that they use and love, with international businesses working hard to earn the trust and loyalty of the average African consumer. A growing middle class on the African continent is savvy and aware of what brands can offer them in terms of improving their lifestyle. Many of these brands have earned the respect and loyalty of African consumers, with BrandAfrica ranking them in terms of the most valued brands from an African perspective. We take a look at 12 of the most valuable global tech brands according to Africans.

  • Why Small Business Is Key To Microsoft’s Strategy In Africa

    Strategy in Africa By Tom Jackson, 1:41 am AFKI Original

    Microsoft has partnered with the Nigerian government to digitally transform service delivery to the country’s investor community. It’s important to look at this in the wider context of Microsoft’s growing involvement in the region. Promoting business and supporting the growth of cloud services are key to Microsoft’s strategy in Africa, as the company eyes the last unsaturated market on earth. Just as Google and Facebook are increasingly involved on the continent, Microsoft too is making a play to establish a long-term customer base there.

  • Google And Investment Trio Commit $100M To Improve African Broadband Infrastructure

    broadband infrastructure By Peter Pedroncelli, 3:26 am

    Google and three strategic partners have committed to investing a combined $100 million in a broadband infrastructure project to benefit African cities, with fast and reliable internet capabilities in the pipeline. The agreement signed between the four investors sees the creation of a new entity known as CSquared, which will operate as an independent company and will be based out of offices in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Google Says It Kept Its Promise, Trained 1 Million Africans In Digital Skills

    Google Africa digital skills training By Dana Sanchez, 6:25 pm

    Google launched an online learning portal a year ago offering digital skills courses free to anyone in Africa, designed to use up as little data as possible. Many people who took the courses had limited internet access and high data costs. The US tech giant is now turning its attention to web-focused skills training for small businesses across Africa. In addition to skills and workforce training, Google is laying fiber optic cable, easing access to Android phones as it expands on the continent. Google was valued at $109.5 billion in 2016.

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