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South Africa: Google Go App Newly Launches In South Africa

Google, the world leader in search engine, has publicised the launch of a new Google Go app that will enable users to search and browse using without consuming much data.

Google Africa CMO, Mzamo Masito, said that Google Go is designed from the start to address these issues of data affordability as well as offer a smooth experience no matter what device or network the user is on. He said; ”This is the reason users come to us to experience the web and have access to accurate information with speed. Unfortunately not every user can always decide on the type of device they have or the kind of connection they are on.”

The new Google Go app that takes up less than 5 MB of space is quicker to download without consuming much data, and it takes up a small space on your phone, Masito said. It uses the most recent version of Google’s advanced compression algorithm, using up to 40% less data to display search results which is way lesser than what the percentage that will be consumed when searching outside the app. The search result of the user is also cached on the device so that he or she can quickly re-access recent searches, even when they are offline. This happens without incurring extra data costs.

In a situation where there is no internet access, the new Google Go app when opened, retries failed search queries in the background and let the user know as soon as the results are ready. With this new app, web pages load quickly, even when in data-saving mode or on 2G connections.

Google Go is now offered in 26 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store only for devices running Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) and above. It will come already installed on all Android Oreo (Go edition) devices.


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