Google introduces five new search features to enhance ease of use
Google has added five new features to the search site for Nigerian users.
This was announced by the Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Google Anglophone West Africa, Mr. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade in a News briefing.
He said Google would be specific about language which has often proven to be a problem for people who are having difficulties while translating their indigenous languages.
“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,” he said.
He further explained how Google would go about the new health programme for users while explaining its benefits.
“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.
Google’s health knowledge panels is now accessible to Nigerians and Google has partnered with the University of Ibadan to ensure that answers are reviewed by Nigerian doctors,” he said.
Furthermore, Kola-Ogunlade gave pieces of information on how the movie feature would be operated adding they are trying to help develop Nollywood by creating an easier access to Nollywood movies for their teeming users.
“Just type ‘whatmovies are showing at the Ikeja Mall’ into Google, and Google will give a list of movies showing at Ikeja Mall plus the time those movies are showing.
Simply type the name of the ‘Nollywood movie into search and let Google give you all the information, including the actors,”
With Posts on Google, entertainers and businesses can share visible updates directly to Google.
“This means you get your favourite star’s live update alongside your search results when you Google them.
Google Posts allow businesses and individuals to create posts that show up in the knowledge panel on Google Search and Google Maps.
“Posts expire after a week, unless they are event-based, in which case, they expire after the event date,” he said.