Google to launch new offline-enabled YouTube Go app

Google has brought forth a new YouTube app designed for users with unreliable data connections. It's called YouTube Go and is scheduled for release in India before a wider launch happens. Google describes the app as "offline first", sociable, and relatable, with users getting personalized recommendations, a simplified interface, and connections with other users.

Like regular YouTube, Go features trending and popular videos on its home page, but it also has the option of previewing videos before saving or watching them. Users can choose the resolution for saving or streaming videos, getting an estimate of the data that's going to be consumed. Speaking of data, videos can be shared with nearby users without using data, with videos sent and received solely using the YouTube Go app.

In its announcement post, Google explains that connectivity shouldn't be a barrier to watching YouTube. Johanna Wright, VP of YT product management and a team of engineers, designers, and researchers visited 15 cities in India to collect ideas and test prototypes with hundreds of people. Thus, they proceeded to build a brand new YouTube that's better equipped to their unique needs.

Although YouTube Go will launch gradually, interested users can sign up here to be notified when the app is ready. Google will spend the next few months gathering feedback and improving the app before launching it widely early next year.

source: YouTube Blog



1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Great for those who can't afford 4G LTE. Will come in handy for many Indians.

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, yet another handy application of Bluetooth content shearing, which sadly, some "smartphones" still remain too dumb to utilize...

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Bluetooth, Wifi, NFC. You can share stuff with all those and most phones come with at least one of them. There are plenty of ways that people in close proximity to one another can share videos with just an internet connect, Google will just have to implement them into this new YouTube app is all.

4. DavMor0069

Posts: 266; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

I hope it has enhance features through youtube red.

5. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's about time they do this.

6. Blazers

Posts: 734; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

They should build the features into the YouTube app, instead of releasing yet another app. Google needs to start streamlining their apps (maps/street view, allo/duo/hangouts, android pay/wallet) and the list goes on and on.

7. JennyWalker

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 15, 2017

Can not download it

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