Friday, 28 July 2017

YouTube Go Launched in Nigeria With Recent Visitation Of Google CEO Sundai Pichai.

Google CEO -Sundar Pichai- visits Nigeria and also attended a Google For Nigeria event in Lagos yesterday, July 27 2017. The visit wasn't really a surprise like that of Mark Zuckerberg.

Sundar Pichai brought along gifts and good news as the company launched a range of new products, including YouTube Go, an “offline first” version of the video sharing platform -YouTube- for users with slow internet connections.

YouTube Go will allow users preview and download videos, rather than stream, and essentially save on data costs. It's aimed at Nigerians because of the poor internet speed in the country.

Also Read:YouTube Live Video Stream Now Made Available For Everyone One

Nigerian video content, led by the burgeoning Nollywood film industry and ‘Afrobeats’ pop stars, is extremely popular, but with slow and expensive internet access, some Nigerians limit their online viewing to the workplace where connections might be better according to executives at online video companies like IrokoTV, reports.
It’s certainly not lacking in potential. Even though Nigeria’s internet subscriber base has shrunk over the past year due to a regulatory clampdown on unregistered sim cards, the country still has over 91 million mobile internet users, according to regulators. However, that vast user base is largely undermined by unreliable connections across the country.

Nigeria has some of the slowest internet speeds of the major economies in Africa. Google is betting on its new data-friendly version of YouTube to help local users navigate that problem.

You can have a look at the picture below to see how slow Nigerian internet speed is when compared to countries in the Middle East.

Recall that the Beta version of YouTube Go was recently launched in India; and now, Nigeria will become the second country where the app is been launched.

What is your take on this? 

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