Google Go gets talking with a new feature that reads out webpages

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Following successful launch in several regions where internet connection is nothing much to write home about, Google is once again making its lightweight search app something to look forward to. Google Go has now been integrated with a new feature that allows it to read out webpages while you follow along.

Google Go is kicking off with billions of pages, and is already available in 28 languages when the feature is fully functional in the next couple of weeks. It kind of turns the app into a hands-free service that lets you do other things while you work.

Google Go was launched last December in New Delhi India as a new search app to help you search the web faster, and offer you shortcuts to trending topics around you.

It is a good one for all those accessing the internet for the first time. For one, it will help such people find what they want online with ease, and also help them save data in the process.

With all the shortcuts, users are easily taken to popular content such as popular games, GIFs, YouTube videos, and weather among others. What makes Google Go unique from its original search service is that it starts to display search results as you type. Along with search results displaying as you type, a button containing suggestions based on your query will appear.

The lightweight app is built with a customizable row of shortcuts that takes you to your favorite services and apps for news, banking, shopping, social networks, and many more. Google Go is designed in such a way that searches are localized to suit your taste. In other words, you will be shown links to services that are popular in your area.

With only 5MB in size, the app won’t take up much space on your phone. This is understandable when you consider that most phones in emerging markets are built with limited space. Offline support, an additional feature of the new app, will take care of the sporadic internet connections.

Now that it has a feature that lets it read out webpages in 28 different languages, users in emerging markets now have a much more feature-rich app to access the internet.

On Thursday. Google added Nigeria to the growing list of countries to benefit from its internet project called Google Station. Free Wi-Fi hotspot will be available in 200 locations in five cities across Nigeria by the end of 2019. Before then, popular locations and malls in Lagos will have access to free internet services.

Nigeria becomes the fifth country to benefit from Google Station which previously had rolled out in India, Indonesia, Thailand and Mexico. While more people increasingly have access to the internet in Africa, a lot of work still needs to be done to break certain limitations. According to Google, only 35 percent of Africans can today access the web compared to 48 percent in Asia, 67 in Latin America, 85 in Europe and 95 in North America.


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Author: Ola Ric

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