YouTube Go is Designed for Low Speed Connectivity and Offline Viewing
Google has made a series of announcements at its ‘Google for India’ event in New Delhi which includes a brand new YouTube app that they are calling YouTube Go. Keeping Indian users in mind, this new Android app is essentially a customized version of the main YouTube app that will allow saving and sharing offline videos.
Along with the offline saving feature, YouTube Go offers a detailed view of the content you’re downloading or about to download including the size, memory available in the preferred location (SD Card/Internal) and obviously, the time it will take for completing. Additionally, there’s an intuitive share function through which you can send saved videos to nearby devices over a Bluetooth connection. YouTube Go is built upon the previously launched Smart Offline feature for YouTube but adds better performance and accessibility. The home page of YouTube page will contain two main pages, one for browsing videos and another for watching the videos available offline.
The app will eventually roll out to everyone, however, Indian users can sign up on their website for early access to the launch and upcoming updates. You can provide either your phone number or email address. Google also revealed a bunch of other features dedicated to low connectivity areas, read them here.
“YouTube Go is a brand new app to help the next generation of users share and enjoy videos,” YouTube product management VP Johanna Wright stated. “YouTube Go was designed and built from the ground up with insights from India, in order to bring the power of video to mobile users in a way that is more conscious of their data and connectivity, while still being locally relevant and social.”