Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai paid a visit to Nigeria a couple of days ago and he had an array of gifts for Naira-land.
Among his announcements, he said that Google would launch a digital skills training program that would target 100,000 software developers in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa. It was also announced that Google would cash out $3 million to mentor developers and African startup founders.
An announcement that might have flown under the radar is that Google plans to launch the Freetel Ice 2 smartphone in Nigeria at an unbelievable price of $40 (Ksh.4,000).
“Yes, Google is set to launch an Android device in September. One cool thing about this device is the price. The Ice 2 would be sold at $40 when it is launched,” said Sundar Pichai. He also revealed that the device would pack the latest security features from Google, including Google Play Protect.
The Freetel Ice 2 packs a 5.5-inch 720p display covered with a 2.5D curved glass, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage with Micro SD expansion of up to 32GB, 5MP main camera paired with a 2MP selfie shooter, runs on a MediaTek MT6580 processor and is juiced by a 2800mAh battery. The highlight of the device is that it runs stock Android, with updates directly from Google.
Google said that the Ice 2 would go on sale in September and would be available through MTN Nigeria.
Weirdly, Google is not marketing the Ice 2 as an “Android One” device, reason? No one seems to know.
I am not entirely sure if we will see this device in other African markets outside Nigeria but my hope is that Google will consider a Kenyan launch as well.