Google recently announced a new YouTube app that is targeted at those with limited internet connectivity. Called YouTube Go, the app is built from scratch, and it brings YouTube “to the next generation of viewers” to share and enjoy videos”.
YouTube Go is built upon the Smart Offline feature that was announced for the Indian market earlier this year. Smart Offline lets users schedule videos to be saved offline during off-peak times where data is much faster and cheaper.
“YouTube Go is designed with four concepts in mind. It is relatable, with video recommendations and user interface that is made for you. The app is designed to be offline first and work even when there’s low or no connectivity. It is also cost-effective, providing transparency and reducing data usage. And finally, it’s a social experience, connecting you with the people and content you care about.”
Some notable features on YouTube Go include:
- YouTube Go will show you trending and popular videos in your area so you can easily discover relatable videos right on your home screen
- You can preview videos before you save or watch so you don’t have to waste your precious data
- YouTube Go lets you choose your resolution when saving or streaming videos
- Share videos with friends and family nearby without using any data
YouTube go is now open for sign up for Indian users. Sadly, the company did not mention if it will be launched globally, so let’s keep our fingers crossed that they will expand it to more countries, and it won’t be like YouTube Offline that took two years to come to Malaysia.