At its biggest event ever in Nigeria, Google announced new, key features of its Search product, tailored for Nigeria.
Google Search is one of Google’s top products and one of the company’s top execs, Tamar Yehoshua (VP product management, Search), was on hand to reveal the new features of the product tailored for the Nigerian market.
Here are the three most important announcements:
The most popular searches in Nigeria over the past year have been “Naira,” “Runtown — Mad over You,” and “Anthony Joshua.”
Yehoshua announced a new feature of Search called “Posts On Google” which lets musicians, artistes and entertainers post updates and media directly on Google so fans can access first-hand information. Nigeria is the third country it is being launched (US and Brazil first).
Locally tailored health search answers are coming to Nigeria soon and they will include 800 knowledge cards which Google worked with the University of Ibadan to develop.
Yehoshua also talked about the new Google Feed which has been slightly redesigned and also demoed how much better the Google Assistant has gotten with voice search. It now understands standard Nigerian accent although it struggles a bit with indigenous names and similar things like that.