It was just last week that Google announced the establishment of Google Stations in some major locations around Lagos, Nigeria. But that was not the only announcement made at Google Nigeria. The company also announced a number of updates to the Google Go apps family. Google Go is the lite version of Google’s apps designed for entry-level devices. Which means that Nigeria Android phones running Android Go get these new updates.
Nigeria Android Phones: An Overview
Because of a large population of low-income earners, Nigeria is largely entry-level smartphone territory. As such, Android Go is an important strategy to Google in improving smartphone user figures, which currently stands at about 25 million.
The country is set to become the 3rd largest country in the world after China and India by 2050. And Google, like everyone else, is scrambling to have a hold of it same way there was a scramble for China and India. We have seen the attention that those two countries have gotten from smartphone manufacturers and app developers in recent years.
New Google Go Improvements for Nigeria Android Phones
The new improvements pushed to Nigeria Android phones running Android Go Edition are only a small part of the growing attention being given to the country.
I use an Android Go phone and so have a personal interest in this bit of news. Let’s take a look at some of the improvements that Google has made to its Android Go applications.
Search results Dictation
Google Go is my go-to partner for almost everything and now that a new feature is added, my relationship with Google just stepped up the stairs.
Now imagine this scenario: I am at the office, and busy to my teeth. I need knowledge about a particular word/thing. But, I cannot leave my present work to focus on Google, so I type the search query in my search box and I go back to work. The results are ready, but my hands are full. Now, Google starts reading out loud results of the search. Wow! This is even said to be available in 28 languages. Amazing right?
In the previous version of Maps Go, whenever you clicked “Navigation”, the ap directs you to Play Store to download another application that has turn-by-turn navigation. Mister Mo has a review detailing this issue. You can read it here: Maps Go Review: Tame your expectations.
The good news is that this updated version of Google Map Go update has the navigation feature. The coolest part of this is that it runs smoothly even works with unstable network connections. Wow. So I don’t have to worry about my connection? Yes! Plus street view? Google, thank you!
Saving Videos Is Even Better
Even though I loved the fact that Youtube Go compresses videos for me to watch/download, I still had issues with the app especially when it comes to sharing downloaded videos. With this new update, any downloaded video is saved automatically to my smartphone gallery default app. I like to define this in three words “Sharing Made Easy”.
There you have it. A breakdown of the features of the Android Go apps updates that Google announced for Nigeria Android phones last week. So, go update those apps and start enjoying the new features.
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