Google Announces First Product Development Centre in Africa
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Google Announces First Product Development Centre in Africa

Google on Tuesday announced its first Product Development Centre in Africa to help create transformative products and services for people in Africa and around the world.

The Vice President of the product at Google, Ms Susan Frey, said at a Virtual Media Round Table that Google would also be hiring for the development centre to be located in Nairobi.

She said there would be hiring visionary engineers, product managers, UX designers and researchers to lay the foundation for significant growth in the coming years.

Frey also said that the centre was looking for talented, creative people who would help solve difficult and important technical challenges, such as improving the smartphone experience for people in Africa. She said that talented people would also be building more reliable internet infrastructure.

She said that in October 2021, at a `Google for Africa’ event, the Chief Executive Officer, Sundar Pichai, announced a plan to invest $1billion over the next 5 years to support Africa’s digital transformation.

According to her, this investment focuses on enabling fast, affordable internet access for more Africans, building helpful products, supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses and helping non-profits to improve lives across Africa.

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‘’The new product development centre is a continuation of that commitment and will be working on building for Africa and the world.

“Google’s mission in Africa is to make the Internet helpful to Africans and partner with African governments, policymakers, educators, entrepreneurs and businesses to shape the next wave of innovation in Africa.

‘’ Today I am excited to welcome all Africans passionate about improving the digital experience of African users by building better products to apply for the open roles at our first product development centre in Africa,’’ Frey said.

Managing Director for Google in Africa, Nitin Gajria, said there were 300 million internet users in Africa who were young, mobile-first and had similar patterns to mobile youth globally.

Gajria said that by 2030, Africa would have 800 million internet users and a third of the world’s under-35 population.

He said that the potential for Africa to become a leading digital economy was right on the horizon and Google was committed to accelerating Africa’s digital transformation through human capital.

According to him, it will also enable African-led solutions to African and global problems through better products. He said that all the roles announced about building for Africa and the world could be viewed at careers.google.com site. #Google Announces First Product Development Centre in Africa