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Month: April 2018

Google Wants to Sidestep Africa’s Slow Web Speeds with a Quicker Search App

The web can be painfully slow and costly in parts of Africa, undermining young tech systems and the capacity of Africans to connect internationally.

Google is planning to fix that by releasing an application that will make it lighter to browse on the web, search results optimized to save up to 40% data. The Google Go app, accessible in 26 sub-Saharan Africa countries, is customized to function on Android devices with low storage and will load on slow and unstable connections including 2G networks. At five megabits in size, the app will allow for voice recognition in search instead of typing, while easily switching between languages including Swahili.