Google launches Street View in Kenya

Months after expanding it’s Street View feature to seven more cities in Nigeria, Google has announced that Street View of Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Eldoret, Nakuru, Nyeri and Malindi are now available on Google Maps and accessible to everyone around the world. The announcement was made at the ongoing Google4Kenya initiative in Kenya, East Africa.

“Over the past decade, we’ve continually improved Google Maps to help you find the best places to go to, the best time to do it and how to get there efficiently.”

“Today, we’re launching Street View of 9,500 km of beautiful imagery of Kenya available on Google Maps and accessible to everyone around the world. With Street View, Kenyans and tourists alike will now get a more immersive experience as they navigate and explore cities and destinations around the country,” Google said in a blog post.

The tech giant also announced a dedicated travel mode for motorcycles, which will provide directions and voice navigation. “We hope that Motorbike Mode will help keep Kenyans on the move and we’ll be working to make the feature even more useful in the coming months.”

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As part of its Grow with Google Initiatives, the company has, as of today, trained more than 2.5 million Africans through its digital skills program, as it works to reach the 10 million promised.

“In Kenya, we have trained over 200,000 job seekers and over 400,000 businesses on various digital skills relevant to their career goals and business needs.
We’ve also trained more than 9,000 Africans developers who are on their way to becoming Google certified. And together with our partners Udacity and Andela, we’ve provided 15,000 two-month “single course” scholarships and 500 six-month nano degree scholarships to aspiring and professional developers across Africa.”

“Our developer training programs are all about enabling African developers for the jobs of the future, today. As such, we have seen many graduates of our program connected to jobs.”

Google further announced that the application process of the ongoing Google Impact Challenge in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa closed with over 5,500 entries.

“Many African innovators are doing great work with real impact and we’re keen to shine a light on them, and give a financial boost to their projects and ideas. The process of selecting the 12 finalists has begun and the winners will be unveiled on November 28 in Lagos, Nairobi and South Africa,” the company said.

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Gbenga Ajao
Gbenga Ajao is a journalist. He has garnered experience in print, electronic and new media. He is passionate about mobile and web technology.

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