Google’s Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Anglophone West Africa, Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade made this known in an interactive session with some internet users including journalists in Lagos. He listed the products to include Gboard, Health Knowledge Panel, Movie Showtime, entertainment Archive and Google Post.
He advised internet users to take advantage of the products for more relevance, saying Google built its platforms and products to be globally relevant. He said that Google introduced Gboard in July to enable sending of messages in dialects including Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa. He described Gboard as a new keyboard from Google for Android or iPhone. “If you are like most Nigerians, then you probably have a grandma, uncle or family member that prefers to read messages in Igbo, Yoruba or Hausa.
“The next time you need to type a message on SMS, Whatsapp or any other messaging app, simply click on the Google ‘G’ logo on your keyboard and click on translation and let Gboard do the translation for you. “No more app switching; just search and send, right from your keyboard. If Gboard is not installed on your phone, you can download it from the Apple store or the Android play store,” he said.
According to Mr Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade, Google based on the realisation of knowledge that 20% of searches on it are health related introduced the health knowledge panel, saying that the panel covers up to 800 health conditions. “You may be worried about a loved one down with malaria. By simply typing ‘Malaria’, Google will show you a health panel with information on malaria symptoms and treatments. He also made it known that Google’s health knowlegde panel is now accessible to Nigerians and is in partnershipn with the University of Ibadan in ensuring review of answers by Nigerian Doctors. Kola-Ogunlade said that the Google Movie Showtime would enable an internet user to get a list and times for movies showing at a nearby cinema by typing “what movies are showing in a place e.g Ikeja Mall” He added that Google was archiving and getting Nollywood films so that local contents inclusive of actors would show on the Google search.