Google plans its first African development centre

Google recently announced that it will soon launch its first African product development centre in Nairobi, Kenya. The tech giant said it’ll also be hiring hundreds of talents across engineering, product and design. This is to continue its commitment to creating “transformative products and services for people in Africa and around the world”.

This announcement is coming about 7 months after the company pledged to invest $1billion in Africa over the next 5 years at its Google for Africa event last October. At the October event, the company’s CEO Sundar Pichai said they are investing in “projects that will provide fast, reliable, affordable internet across the continent; build helpful, local products; and support the entrepreneurs and small businesses that underpin Africa’s economies”.

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