Together we can do more to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey

The rain and destruction from Hurricane Harvey continue to affect people throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast, and with floodwaters continuing to rise, immediate action is needed. I’ve called Texas home since 1989, and I’m heartened to see how people are coming together to support each other during this crisis. Neighbors are rescuing one another, and people are bringing their boats and resources to save lives. I’m proud to work for a company that brings the best of its products, people, and philanthropy in times of need.

On Sunday, we shared our efforts to give funds to organizations helping those affected, and provide resources through SOS Alerts and products. So far, we’ve committed $750K through Google.org and employee giving, and in total we are committing $2M from Google to relief efforts. Today, we’re expanding that support, and with your help, we can increase the impact. We’ve also continued to update our SOS Alerts and Crisis Map to make sure people in the affected areas are getting the most up-to-date information, directly from trusted sources.

$1M Matching Campaign for the American Red Cross

We’re kicking off a matching campaign at https://www.google.org/harvey-relief to support the American Red Cross (ARC), and Google.org will match your donations up to $1,000,000. ARC is the leading nonprofit responder in the flood regions, and has been working tirelessly on the ground to open shelters and distribute supplies to people in Texas and across the Gulf coast.

Harvey Matching Campaign

You can donate here: https://www.google.org/harvey-relief/

Google Trends have also shown us that people around the country want to support the relief effort, with top “How-to” questions including, “How to help Houston flood victims,” and “How to volunteer to help with Harvey.”

With more than 450 Google employees based in Texas, we’re also committed to supporting Texas’s road to recovery with our volunteers. We’re working with local nonprofits to identify needs in the area and find ways our employees can be most helpful. We are exploring ways to support efforts of TEGNA—the state’s largest television station owner—with up to $500K in funds for the “Texas Cares” fundraising effort underway for Hurricane Harvey relief.

SOS Alerts and Google Public Alerts

Since Harvey made initial landfall, the Google Crisis Response team has been working to ensure people affected by the storm have access to timely, official information about the event. In addition to the previously launched SOS alert for Texas, now people have access to an SOS Alert for Houston, which includes Coast Guard rescue information and ready.gov safety tips for the flooding, along with local news, tweets, and other safety-oriented information. Additionally, people in affected areas can see published road closure and shelter information, sourced from users in the affected areas, along with recent aerial imagery of affected areas, as flown by NOAA. This information, in concert with official government alerts for the area being disseminated via Google Public Alerts we hope keeps users safe and informed during this trying crisis.

With the storm making a second landfall, we are actively monitoring the storm and are preparing an alert for the coast of Louisiana.

Google SOS Alerts
Users helping keep shelter information timely and current on our alerts (left) and Ready.gov safety information as published via the Houston SOS Alert (right).

Stay safe out there.

Together we can do more to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey

The rain and destruction from Hurricane Harvey continue to affect people throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast, and with floodwaters continuing to rise, immediate action is needed. I’ve called Texas home since 1989, and I’m heartened to see how people are coming together to support each other during this crisis. Neighbors are rescuing one another, and people are bringing their boats and resources to save lives. I’m proud to work for a company that brings the best of its products, people, and philanthropy in times of need.

On Sunday, we shared our efforts to give funds to organizations helping those affected, and provide resources through SOS Alerts and products. So far, we’ve committed $750K through Google.org and employee giving, and in total we are committing $2M from Google to relief efforts. Today, we’re expanding that support, and with your help, we can increase the impact. We’ve also continued to update our SOS Alerts and Crisis Map to make sure people in the affected areas are getting the most up-to-date information, directly from trusted sources.

$1M Matching Campaign for the American Red Cross

We’re kicking off a matching campaign at https://www.google.org/harvey-relief to support the American Red Cross (ARC), and Google.org will match your donations up to $1,000,000. ARC is the leading nonprofit responder in the flood regions, and has been working tirelessly on the ground to open shelters and distribute supplies to people in Texas and across the Gulf coast.

Harvey Matching Campaign

You can donate here: https://www.google.org/harvey-relief/

Google Trends have also shown us that people around the country want to support the relief effort, with top “How-to” questions including, “How to help Houston flood victims,” and “How to volunteer to help with Harvey.”

With more than 450 Google employees based in Texas, we’re also committed to supporting Texas’s road to recovery with our volunteers. We’re working with local nonprofits to identify needs in the area and find ways our employees can be most helpful. We are exploring ways to support efforts of TEGNA—the state’s largest television station owner—with up to $500K in funds for the “Texas Cares” fundraising effort underway for Hurricane Harvey relief.

SOS Alerts and Google Public Alerts

Since Harvey made initial landfall, the Google Crisis Response team has been working to ensure people affected by the storm have access to timely, official information about the event. In addition to the previously launched SOS alert for Texas, now people have access to an SOS Alert for Houston, which includes Coast Guard rescue information and ready.gov safety tips for the flooding, along with local news, tweets, and other safety-oriented information. Additionally, people in affected areas can see published road closure and shelter information, sourced from users in the affected areas, along with recent aerial imagery of affected areas, as flown by NOAA. This information, in concert with official government alerts for the area being disseminated via Google Public Alerts we hope keeps users safe and informed during this trying crisis.

With the storm making a second landfall, we are actively monitoring the storm and are preparing an alert for the coast of Louisiana.

Google SOS Alerts
Users helping keep shelter information timely and current on our alerts (left) and Ready.gov safety information as published via the Houston SOS Alert (right).

Stay safe out there.

Together we can do more to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Update: In less than 24 hours, together we raised $2 million for Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery. Thanks to your donations, we have met our goal. However, the crisis isn’t over. Your contributions can still provide critical relief to those in need. Although Google is no longer matching donations, please consider giving directly to the Red Cross. 

The rain and destruction from Hurricane Harvey continue to affect people throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast, and with floodwaters continuing to rise, immediate action is needed. I’ve called Texas home since 1989, and I’m heartened to see how people are coming together to support each other during this crisis. Neighbors are rescuing one another, and people are bringing their boats and resources to save lives. I’m proud to work for a company that brings the best of its products, people, and philanthropy in times of need.

On Sunday, we shared our efforts to give funds to organizations helping those affected, and provide resources through SOS Alerts and products. So far, we’ve committed $750K through Google.org and employee giving, and in total we are committing $2M from Google to relief efforts. Today, we’re expanding that support, and with your help, we can increase the impact. We’ve also continued to update our SOS Alerts and Crisis Map to make sure people in the affected areas are getting the most up-to-date information, directly from trusted sources.

$1M Matching Campaign for the American Red Cross

We’re kicking off a matching campaign at https://www.google.org/harvey-relief to support the American Red Cross (ARC), and Google.org will match your donations up to $1,000,000. ARC is the leading nonprofit responder in the flood regions, and has been working tirelessly on the ground to open shelters and distribute supplies to people in Texas and across the Gulf coast.

Harvey Matching Campaign

You can donate here: https://www.google.org/harvey-relief/

Google Trends have also shown us that people around the country want to support the relief effort, with top “How-to” questions including, “How to help Houston flood victims,” and “How to volunteer to help with Harvey.”

With more than 450 Google employees based in Texas, we’re also committed to supporting Texas’s road to recovery with our volunteers. We’re working with local nonprofits to identify needs in the area and find ways our employees can be most helpful. We are exploring ways to support efforts of TEGNA—the state’s largest television station owner—with up to $500K in funds for the “Texas Cares” fundraising effort underway for Hurricane Harvey relief.

SOS Alerts and Google Public Alerts

Since Harvey made initial landfall, the Google Crisis Response team has been working to ensure people affected by the storm have access to timely, official information about the event. In addition to the previously launched SOS alert for Texas, now people have access to an SOS Alert for Houston, which includes Coast Guard rescue information and ready.gov safety tips for the flooding, along with local news, tweets, and other safety-oriented information. Additionally, people in affected areas can see published road closure and shelter information, sourced from users in the affected areas, along with recent aerial imagery of affected areas, as flown by NOAA. This information, in concert with official government alerts for the area being disseminated via Google Public Alerts we hope keeps users safe and informed during this trying crisis.

With the storm making a second landfall, we are actively monitoring the storm and are preparing an alert for the coast of Louisiana.

Stay safe out there.

Together we can do more to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey

Update: In less than 24 hours, together we raised $2 million for Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery. Thanks to your donations, we have met our goal. However, the crisis isn’t over. Your contributions can still provide critical relief to those in need. Although Google is no longer matching donations, please consider giving directly to the Red Cross. 

The rain and destruction from Hurricane Harvey continue to affect people throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast, and with floodwaters continuing to rise, immediate action is needed. I’ve called Texas home since 1989, and I’m heartened to see how people are coming together to support each other during this crisis. Neighbors are rescuing one another, and people are bringing their boats and resources to save lives. I’m proud to work for a company that brings the best of its products, people, and philanthropy in times of need.

On Sunday, we shared our efforts to give funds to organizations helping those affected, and provide resources through SOS Alerts and products. So far, we’ve committed $750K through Google.org and employee giving, and in total we are committing $2M from Google to relief efforts. Today, we’re expanding that support, and with your help, we can increase the impact. We’ve also continued to update our SOS Alerts and Crisis Map to make sure people in the affected areas are getting the most up-to-date information, directly from trusted sources.

$1M Matching Campaign for the American Red Cross

We’re kicking off a matching campaign at https://www.google.org/harvey-relief to support the American Red Cross (ARC), and Google.org will match your donations up to $1,000,000. ARC is the leading nonprofit responder in the flood regions, and has been working tirelessly on the ground to open shelters and distribute supplies to people in Texas and across the Gulf coast.

Harvey Matching Campaign

You can donate here: https://www.google.org/harvey-relief/

Google Trends have also shown us that people around the country want to support the relief effort, with top “How-to” questions including, “How to help Houston flood victims,” and “How to volunteer to help with Harvey.”

With more than 450 Google employees based in Texas, we’re also committed to supporting Texas’s road to recovery with our volunteers. We’re working with local nonprofits to identify needs in the area and find ways our employees can be most helpful. We are exploring ways to support efforts of TEGNA—the state’s largest television station owner—with up to $500K in funds for the “Texas Cares” fundraising effort underway for Hurricane Harvey relief.

SOS Alerts and Google Public Alerts

Since Harvey made initial landfall, the Google Crisis Response team has been working to ensure people affected by the storm have access to timely, official information about the event. In addition to the previously launched SOS alert for Texas, now people have access to an SOS Alert for Houston, which includes Coast Guard rescue information and ready.gov safety tips for the flooding, along with local news, tweets, and other safety-oriented information. Additionally, people in affected areas can see published road closure and shelter information, sourced from users in the affected areas, along with recent aerial imagery of affected areas, as flown by NOAA. This information, in concert with official government alerts for the area being disseminated via Google Public Alerts we hope keeps users safe and informed during this trying crisis.

With the storm making a second landfall, we are actively monitoring the storm and are preparing an alert for the coast of Louisiana.

Stay safe out there.

Supporting those affected by Hurricane Harvey

On August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm and Level 7 disaster, the highest American Red Cross disaster designation. It’s the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade. Initial reports estimate that several hundred thousand people have been temporarily displaced or affected by this storm.

Google stands with those affected, and here are the ways we’re hoping to help through our products and our philanthropy.

SOS Alerts for Hurricane Harvey

We launched an SOS Alert for Hurricane Harvey, offering the following the resources:

  • For people outside the affected area, the SOS Alert features the latest news, a crisis map, tweets, and the ability to make a donation for those affected.
  • For people in affected areas, the SOS Alert features the latest news, a crisis map, tweets from local officials, and help and info content for transit and flooding conditions.

The Harvey Crisis Map launched for this event, and featured within our SOS Alerts, includes the latest active alerts for the affected area, Waze-sourced shelters and road closure information, and weather information.Also, this map is embeddable for media outlets to freely use, with iframe functionality available through the share button on the map.

Google SOS Alert for Hurricane Harvey

$500K from Google.org & Google Employees

To support the organizations working directly with impacted communities, we’re making a $250,000 Google.org grant to the American Red Cross, and matching Googler donations up to $250,000 to the response efforts. Combined, the bulk of these funds will support the American Red Cross, who has been working to provide shelter and basic services for those affected, as well as Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, and Team Rubicon.

With more than 450 Googlers who call Texas home and thousands of other employees connected to Texas, the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our state is personal to many of us. We have been coordinating closely with the federal government, the Office of the Governor, and local elected officials to support their efforts on the ground. While the needs of the state will be great in the weeks and months to come, we hope that these funds will help provide the necessary resources to the communities affected and further inspire others to donate as well. We will continue to keep the people of Texas in our thoughts.

Supporting those affected by Hurricane Harvey

On August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm and Level 7 disaster, the highest American Red Cross disaster designation. It’s the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade. Initial reports estimate that several hundred thousand people have been temporarily displaced or affected by this storm.

Google stands with those affected, and here are the ways we’re hoping to help through our products and our philanthropy.

SOS Alerts for Hurricane Harvey

We launched an SOS Alert for Hurricane Harvey, offering the following the resources:

  • For people outside the affected area, the SOS Alert features the latest news, a crisis map, tweets, and the ability to make a donation for those affected.
  • For people in affected areas, the SOS Alert features the latest news, a crisis map, tweets from local officials, and help and info content for transit and flooding conditions.

The Harvey Crisis Map launched for this event, and featured within our SOS Alerts, includes the latest active alerts for the affected area, Waze-sourced shelters and road closure information, and weather information.Also, this map is embeddable for media outlets to freely use, with iframe functionality available through the share button on the map.

$500K from Google.org & Google Employees

To support the organizations working directly with impacted communities, we’re making a $250,000 Google.org grant to the American Red Cross, and matching Googler donations up to $250,000 to the response efforts. Combined, the bulk of these funds will support the American Red Cross, who has been working to provide shelter and basic services for those affected, as well as Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, and Team Rubicon.

With more than 450 Googlers who call Texas home and thousands of other employees connected to Texas, the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our state is personal to many of us. We have been coordinating closely with the federal government, the Office of the Governor, and local elected officials to support their efforts on the ground. While the needs of the state will be great in the weeks and months to come, we hope that these funds will help provide the necessary resources to the communities affected and further inspire others to donate as well. We will continue to keep the people of Texas in our thoughts.

Supporting those affected by Hurricane Harvey

On August 26, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm and Level 7 disaster, the highest American Red Cross disaster designation. It’s the most powerful hurricane to hit the United States in a decade. Initial reports estimate that several hundred thousand people have been temporarily displaced or affected by this storm.

Google stands with those affected, and here are the ways we’re hoping to help through our products and our philanthropy.

SOS Alerts for Hurricane Harvey

We launched an SOS Alert for Hurricane Harvey, offering the following the resources:

  • For people outside the affected area, the SOS Alert features the latest news, a crisis map, tweets, and the ability to make a donation for those affected.
  • For people in affected areas, the SOS Alert features the latest news, a crisis map, tweets from local officials, and help and info content for transit and flooding conditions.

The Harvey Crisis Map launched for this event, and featured within our SOS Alerts, includes the latest active alerts for the affected area, Waze-sourced shelters and road closure information, and weather information.Also, this map is embeddable for media outlets to freely use, with iframe functionality available through the share button on the map.

$500K from Google.org & Google Employees

To support the organizations working directly with impacted communities, we’re making a $250,000 Google.org grant to the American Red Cross, and matching Googler donations up to $250,000 to the response efforts. Combined, the bulk of these funds will support the American Red Cross, who has been working to provide shelter and basic services for those affected, as well as Save the Children, Habitat for Humanity, and Team Rubicon.

With more than 450 Googlers who call Texas home and thousands of other employees connected to Texas, the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our state is personal to many of us. We have been coordinating closely with the federal government, the Office of the Governor, and local elected officials to support their efforts on the ground. While the needs of the state will be great in the weeks and months to come, we hope that these funds will help provide the necessary resources to the communities affected and further inspire others to donate as well. We will continue to keep the people of Texas in our thoughts.

Making the internet work better for everyone in Africa

By 2034 Africa is expected to have the world’s largest working-age population of 1.1 billion—yet only 3 to 4 million jobs are created annually. That means there’s an urgent need to create opportunities for the millions of people on the continent who are creative, smart and driven to succeed. The internet, and technology as a whole, offer great opportunities for creating jobs, growing businesses and boosting economies. But people need the right skills, tools and products to navigate the digital world and to make it work for them, their businesses and their communities.

Google for Nigeria - Sundar
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, is interviewed by Nigerian journalist Adesuwa Onyenokwe at our Google for Nigeria event in Lagos.

Today, at our Google for Nigeria event in Lagos, we announced progress we’ve made in our products and features for users in Nigeria, including YouTube, Search and Maps. We also announced initiatives focused on digital skills training, education and economic opportunity, and support for African startups and developers.

Digital Skills for Africa

Last year we set out to help bridge the digital skills gap in Africa when we pledged to train one million young people in the region—and we’ve exceeded this target. Through either in-person or online trainings, we help people learn to build a web presence, use Search to find jobs, get tips to enhance their CV, use social media, and so on. Now we’re expanding this program, and committing to prepare another 10 million people for jobs of the future in the next five years. We’ll also be providing mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans to develop world-class apps, with an initial focus on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Google.org grants

Our charitable arm, Google.org, is committing $20 million over the next five years to nonprofits that are working to improve lives across Africa. We’re giving $2.5 million in initial grants to the nonprofit arms of African startups Gidi Mobile and Siyavula to provide free access to learning for 400,000 low-income students in South Africa and Nigeria. The grantees will also develop new digital learning materials that will be free for anyone to use.

We also want to invite nonprofits from across the continent to share their ideas for how they could impact their community and beyond. So we’re launching a Google.org Impact Challenge in Africa in 2018 to award $5 million in grants. Any eligible nonprofit in Africa can apply, and anyone will be able to help select the best ideas by voting online.

Launchpad Accelerator Africa

We want to do more to support African entrepreneurs in building successful technology companies and products. Based on our global Launchpad Accelerator program, this initiative will provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship, working space and access to expert advisers to more than 60 African startups over three years. Intensive three-month programs, held twice per year, will run out of a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos—the program’s first location outside of the United States.

Making our products work better in Africa

For people to take advantage of digital opportunities, acquiring the right skills and tools is only part of the equation. Online products and services—including ours—also need to work better in Africa. Today, we’re sharing news about how we’re making YouTube, Search and Maps more useful and relevant for Nigerian users.

YouTube Go

Designed from the ground up, YouTube Go lets you discover, save and share videos you love in a way that’s transparent about the size of downloads. Designed to be “offline” first, the app improves the experience of watching videos on a slower network and gives control over the amount of data used streaming or saving videos. It’s a full YouTube experience, with fresh and relevant video recommendations tailored to your preferences and the ability to share videos quickly and easily with friends nearby.  In June, Nigeria became the second country where we started actively testing YouTube Go. Later this year, we’ll be expanding this to a beta launch of the app, available to all Nigerian users.

Lagos now on Street View in Google Maps

In the last few months, we’ve improved our address search experience in Lagos, by adding thousands of new addresses and streets, outlines of more than a million buildings in commercial and residential areas, and more than 100,000 additional Nigerian small businesses on Google Maps. Today we’re launching Lagos on Street View, with 10,000 kilometers of imagery, including the most important historic roads in the city. You can virtually drive along the Carter Bridge to the National Stadium or across the Eko Bridge, down to the Marina—all on your smartphone.

Faster web results

When you’re on a 2G-like connection or using a low storage device, pages can take a long time to load. We previously launched a feature that streamlines search results so they load with less data and at high speed.  Today we’re extending that feature to streamline websites you reach from search results, so that they load with 90 percent less data and five times faster, even on low storage devices.  

More local information in Search

We’ve also made several updates to Search to bring more useful, relevant answers and information to people in Nigeria:

  • Knowledge Panels: We’re connecting people with easy access to the answers to things they care about, displaying knowledge cards for everything from local football teams to Nigerian musicians and actors.

  • Health Cards: Later this year we’ll launch more than 800 knowledge cards detailing common symptoms and treatments for the most prevalent health conditions in Nigeria. We’ve partnered with the University of Ibadan to ensure that answers have been reviewed by Nigerian doctors for local relevance and accuracy. Nigeria is one of the first countries where we’re providing locally tailored health answers on Search.  

  • Posts on Google: Posts makes it possible for musicians, entertainers and other public figures to share updates, images and videos directly on Google, for people to see while they explore on the web. Nigeria is the third country where we’ve made this feature available and some of the country’s popular musicians are already using it.

The things we’re announcing today are what drive us—building platforms and products that are relevant and useful for billions, not just the few, and helping people to succeed in the digital economy. That’s why we hope to equip more people, in Africa and elsewhere, with digital skills and tools. We’re excited to be part of Africa’s evolving digital story.

Making the internet work better for everyone in Africa

By 2034 Africa is expected to have the world’s largest working-age population of 1.1 billion—yet only 3 to 4 million jobs are created annually. That means there’s an urgent need to create opportunities for the millions of people on the continent who are creative, smart and driven to succeed. The internet, and technology as a whole, offer great opportunities for creating jobs, growing businesses and boosting economies. But people need the right skills, tools and products to navigate the digital world and to make it work for them, their businesses and their communities.

Google for Nigeria - Sundar
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO, is interviewed by Nigerian journalist Adesuwa Onyenokwe at our Google for Nigeria event in Lagos.

Today, at our Google for Nigeria event in Lagos, we announced progress we’ve made in our products and features for users in Nigeria, including YouTube, Search and Maps. We also announced initiatives focused on digital skills training, education and economic opportunity, and support for African startups and developers.

Digital Skills for Africa

Last year we set out to help bridge the digital skills gap in Africa when we pledged to train one million young people in the region—and we’ve exceeded this target. Through either in-person or online trainings, we help people learn to build a web presence, use Search to find jobs, get tips to enhance their CV, use social media, and so on. Now we’re expanding this program, and committing to prepare another 10 million people for jobs of the future in the next five years. We’ll also be providing mobile developer training to 100,000 Africans to develop world-class apps, with an initial focus on Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Google.org grants

Our charitable arm, Google.org, is committing $20 million over the next five years to nonprofits that are working to improve lives across Africa. We’re giving $2.5 million in initial grants to the nonprofit arms of African startups Gidi Mobile and Siyavula to provide free access to learning for 400,000 low-income students in South Africa and Nigeria. The grantees will also develop new digital learning materials that will be free for anyone to use.

We also want to invite nonprofits from across the continent to share their ideas for how they could impact their community and beyond. So we’re launching a Google.org Impact Challenge in Africa in 2018 to award $5 million in grants. Any eligible nonprofit in Africa can apply, and anyone will be able to help select the best ideas by voting online.

Launchpad Accelerator Africa

We want to do more to support African entrepreneurs in building successful technology companies and products. Based on our global Launchpad Accelerator program, this initiative will provide more than $3 million in equity-free funding, mentorship, working space and access to expert advisers to more than 60 African startups over three years. Intensive three-month programs, held twice per year, will run out of a new Google Launchpad Space in Lagos—the program’s first location outside of the United States.

Making our products work better in Africa

For people to take advantage of digital opportunities, acquiring the right skills and tools is only part of the equation. Online products and services—including ours—also need to work better in Africa. Today, we’re sharing news about how we’re making YouTube, Search and Maps more useful and relevant for Nigerian users.

YouTube Go

Designed from the ground up, YouTube Go lets you discover, save and share videos you love in a way that’s transparent about the size of downloads. Designed to be “offline” first, the app improves the experience of watching videos on a slower network and gives control over the amount of data used streaming or saving videos. It’s a full YouTube experience, with fresh and relevant video recommendations tailored to your preferences and the ability to share videos quickly and easily with friends nearby.  In June, Nigeria became the second country where we started actively testing YouTube Go. Later this year, we’ll be expanding this to a beta launch of the app, available to all Nigerian users.

Lagos now on Street View in Google Maps

In the last few months, we’ve improved our address search experience in Lagos, by adding thousands of new addresses and streets, outlines of more than a million buildings in commercial and residential areas, and more than 100,000 additional Nigerian small businesses on Google Maps. Today we’re launching Lagos on Street View, with 10,000 kilometers of imagery, including the most important historic roads in the city. You can virtually drive along the Carter Bridge to the National Stadium or across the Eko Bridge, down to the Marina—all on your smartphone.

Faster web results

When you’re on a 2G-like connection or using a low storage device, pages can take a long time to load. We previously launched a feature that streamlines search results so they load with less data and at high speed.  Today we’re extending that feature to streamline websites you reach from search results, so that they load with 90 percent less data and five times faster, even on low storage devices.  

More local information in Search

We’ve also made several updates to Search to bring more useful, relevant answers and information to people in Nigeria:

  • Knowledge Panels: We’re connecting people with easy access to the answers to things they care about, displaying knowledge cards for everything from local football teams to Nigerian musicians and actors.

  • Health Cards: Later this year we’ll launch more than 800 knowledge cards detailing common symptoms and treatments for the most prevalent health conditions in Nigeria. We’ve partnered with the University of Ibadan to ensure that answers have been reviewed by Nigerian doctors for local relevance and accuracy. Nigeria is one of the first countries where we’re providing locally tailored health answers on Search.  

  • Posts on Google: Posts makes it possible for musicians, entertainers and other public figures to share updates, images and videos directly on Google, for people to see while they explore on the web. Nigeria is the third country where we’ve made this feature available and some of the country’s popular musicians are already using it.

The things we’re announcing today are what drive us—building platforms and products that are relevant and useful for billions, not just the few, and helping people to succeed in the digital economy. That’s why we hope to equip more people, in Africa and elsewhere, with digital skills and tools. We’re excited to be part of Africa’s evolving digital story.