(The Hosting News) – Google has a vision for the world’s internet café’s: Less desktops and more tablets.
The company recently moved to replace the traditional computing format at locations in Senegal, West Africa by announcing “TabletCafes.”
“Easy to use tablets are a great way of introducing new users to the Internet. But for most Africans, the hardware remains too expensive. We’ve come up with a potential solution, making them available in cybercafés,” explained the company via its Europe blog on Thursday.
In fact, the availability of tablets at such locations allows users to install apps along with browsing the internet as they please. Once done, the cafes initiate factory resets on the devices.
“Our hope is that cybercafés attract new customers interested in a more simple and interactive way of going online, and make significant savings on their number one operating expense: electricity. Tablets consume much less power than desktops or laptops, and don’t require ventilation. Among other things, these savings can be reinvested in faster connectivity,” Google went on to say.
Internet cafes aren’t as big in the United States but are extremely helpful in the developing world. According to data from Internet World Stats from Q2 of last year, just 7.0% of Africans are active internet users.