If you follow me on Instagram (@misstechy), you probably know about a couple of announcements made by Google today, including Google Station, a public Wi-Fi service that plans to cover 200 locations across five Nigerian cities—Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kaduna, Enugu, Ibadan—by the end of 2019. For those wondering, this isn’t Google’s first free Wi-Fi initiative in Africa, a similar service was launched in Ghana and Uganda.
So where can you access Google Station?
At the moment, Google Station is available in 5 locations in Lagos, including Ikeja City Mall, Computer Village:
My Computer village peeps right now:
…MMA 2 Domestic Airport Terminal, the Palms Mall, and the Landmark Center:
According to Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor:
“Google Station will be rolling out in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019, bringing Wi-Fi to millions of people. Sites include markets, transport hubs, shopping malls, universities, and more. Nigeria is the fifth country to get Google Station, after India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico.”
Great news, right? However, that is not all Google announced today:
Google also revealed that it has made search more powerful with the new Job search launched in March in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, and is now rolling out in 29 new countries.
They also announced a new search experience that allows users to explore health conditions based on symptoms, as well as recipe search for anyone who needs a little food inspiration.
StreetView’s Discover Nigeria gallery has also been expanded to include more of Nigeria’s wonders, including the National Museum in Lagos, Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Millenium Park in Abuja, and Lekki Conservation Centre. Additionally, Google announced the update of several products from its “Go” initiative, which was launched in the past year. The Go product suite aims to give people with low bandwidth connections and low-RAM devices the best possible Google experience. These new features include:
Google Go: will soon read web pages out loud and highlight each word so users can follow along.
YouTube Go: users will be able to browse downloaded YouTube Go videos, saved as .yt files, right from the gallery on their phones.
Google Maps Go: will now provide users with turn-by-turn directions, whether they’re traveling by car, by bus or on foot.
Android Go: Launched in Nigeria and 29 other African countries earlier this year, the Go OS gives people coming online for the first time a powerful and reliable smartphone experience. Across Africa, Transsion, Nokia, Huawei, and Mobicel have launched various devices, starting at just over 17,000 Naira.
Personally, I am here for Google Station and Google Go’s Text to Speech feature, what about you?