Today, Google announced the launch of an SMS version of its mail service Gmail. The service, targeted at users in Africa, will allow basic phones without the ability to access the internet to still receive emails. The African mobile market has grown exponentially in size, where even in the most rural parts of the continent, cellphones have dominated. The announcement came through a blog post from Geva Rechav, Google’s product manager for Emerging Markets. It should be noted that Google has been actively increasing its presence in Africa, where it recently launched the Computer Science for High School project, giving grants to 17 universities to expand their computer science programs. The SMS Gmail service has so far been offered in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. Users will be email to receive new emails for free and sending will be treated as a normal text message, subject to standard network fees.