Google CEO Sundar Pichai announcing YouTube Go at Google for Nigeria event in Lagos. (Photo Credit: CNN / Google Africa Blog)

Nigerians Can Now View YouTube Offline Using YouTube Go

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announcing YouTube Go at Google for Nigeria event in Lagos. (Photo Credit: CNN / Google Africa Blog)
Google CEO Sundar Pichai announcing YouTube Go at Google for Nigeria event in Lagos. (Photo Credit: CNN / Google Africa Blog)

On his first ever trip to Nigeria, Google boss, Sundar Pichaj announced YouTube Go, which allows Nigerians to preview and save YouTube videos, in a series of products for the country.

As reported by CNN, Nigeria, with about 93m mobile internet users often experience slow internet as well as high cost of data. With YouTube Go, YouTube users can now download video content in different resolutions to be watched later without internet connection. This makes Nigeria the 2nd country after India to have the YouTube Go capability.

The launch will most likely increase YouTube’s growing Nigeria base, which YouTube Go is keen to cultivate. According to Google, the number of hours of video content being uploaded in Africa has doubled for the past two years, while viewing time on mobile phones is grown 120% year over year. YouTube was bought by Google in 2006.

Pichai also announced Google’s commitment to teaching digital skills though its charitable arm. He said:
“I am really excited we are committing to train 10 million people over the next five years in Africa,”
Google grants arm will also train 100,000 African software gurus focusing mainly on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

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