Google Makes Offline Version Of YouTube Available For Nigerians With Slow Internet
4 August 2017
Google CEO Sundar Pichai takes a selfie with Nigerians during his visit to the country. Photo - TechDemiGoogle CEO Sundar Pichai takes a selfie with Nigerians during his visit to the country. Photo - TechDemi
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.
The specially-designed version of the online video platform, called YouTube Go, allows users with slow internet to preview and save videos in various resolutions to watch later offline, saving data costs and providing a better experience regardless of speeds, according to Quartz.
The users can then watch the saved videos at a later stage without the need for an internet connection. This was revealed as part of the Google for Nigeria event.
Nigeria is the second country to receive YouTube Go functionality after India, and is a boost for a nation that enjoys video content thanks to the popularity of sports such as soccer and a growing Nollywood film industry.
Nigeria has over 100 million internet users, with 93 million accessing content online thanks to mobile devices, but data is expensive and average internet speeds are very slow, according to Akamai.
Pichai, in his first ever visit to Nigeria, spoke about the importance of providing African people and Nigerians in particular with support so that innovators are able to effectively impact their communities, setting up a challenge where winners will receive a grant of $5 million to develop their concept.
“We ask nonprofits from around Africa to nominate the best ideas and we allow local people to vote for what they think is the best idea. Non-governmental organizations nominate themselves and people get to vote and choose where the funding goes to,” revealed Pichai, according to TechDemi.