Faster, more affordable access to the web across Africa

When it comes to searching, faster is always better. Whether you’re commuting to work, searching for the latest sports news, or for the phone number of a nearby restaurant, quick access to information from the web is crucial. In Africa, we see that nearly 40% of people with Android devices may have a slow or delayed experience while they're on the web due to insufficient RAM (random access memory) on their device.

We’re now introducing a feature which we hope will help you get the information you’re looking for quicker, easier and more affordably. Now for most of Africa, when you search on Google with a low RAM device (512MB of RAM or less) via the Google App, Chrome or Android browser, webpages that you access from Google’s search results page will be optimized to load faster and use less data.

This feature is already available in Indonesia, India, Brazil and Nigeria, and analyses show that these optimized pages load three times faster and use 80 percent less data. Traffic to webpages from Google search also increased by up to 40 percent. However, if you’d prefer to see the original page, you can choose that option at the top of your page.

We hope this feature can help improve the Search experience for millions of people where network connections are slow and access to devices is limited. Search on!