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Google Chrome web browser launches in Cuba

Aug 21 2014, 5:55am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Google Chrome web browser launches in Cuba
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While Google's Chrome browser could speed up the experience, the real problem in Cuba is its Internet.

When Eric Schmidt visited Cuba earlier this year, he had one mission in mind:bring Internet access to more Cubans. The country is one of the most-isolated nations in the world. A Freedom House research revealed that only five percent of Cubans have access to the Internet, which is limited to government offices, hotels, and offices owned by foreign companies.

Schmidt is beginning to see the fruits of his labor. Google today is launching its popular web browser, Google Chrome, in the country. Announcing what can be considered as good news for Cuba's 11.27 million people, Google said that sanctions made it hard for the company to bring Chrome to the country.

"U.S. export controls and sanctions can sometimes limit the products available in certain countries. As these trade restrictions evolve we’ve been working to figure out how to make more tools available in sanctioned countries," Google said in a statement.

The technology giant has been actively promoting open Internet access to isolated countries. Google recently launched its Chrome browser in Syria and Iran.

While Google's Chrome browser could speed up the experience, the real problem in Cuba is its Internet. Frankly, 118 Internet cafes are not enough. Cuba's insane Internet costs are also not helping. Nevertheless, it's better than having nothing.

Source: Google

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