YouTube Go Brings Offline Video Viewing And Sharing To Smartphones

YouTube, between the #youtubeisoverparty and YouTube Heroes, has received a lot of hate on the internet lately. The company, however, has just announced its latest app, YouTube Go. The company claims the app will “maximize your fun without burning up your data.” The company was inspired to create the app by a young man in Nagpur, India who loved watching YouTube, but was unable to load many videos with his 2G connection.

YouTube Go boasts a few of its own unique features. The homepage will show trending and popular videos in a user’s geographic area. The app will let users save and watch videos without buffering, even if they have a slow connection. App users will also be able to preview videos before deciding to watch or save them. They will be able to choose video MB sizes. YouTube Go users will also be able to share content with nearby family and friends.

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YouTube Go differs in many ways from YouTube Red. YouTube Red is a paid subscription service that is ad-free and offers exclusive YouTube Red videos. Music and videos can be played in the background or offline. YouTube Go will be a free app  that will focus more on the social aspect of video sharing and the economics of data packages. 

YouTube has spent the last several years focusing many of its resources on offline viewing. In 2014 the company launched YouTube Offline so users could watch videos without suffering from buffering. A few months ago they released Smart Offline that allowed users to schedule videos to be saved offline later at off-peak times. This feature enabled users to pick times when data was faster and cheaper.

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YouTube Go will first launch in India. The app will roll out to more people over the next few months. People who are interested can signup here to be notified by text or email when the app is available in their area.