YouTube's offline feature is coming, but may only appear in emerging markets

YouTube's offline feature is coming, but may only appear in emerging markets
YouTube's often teased, but not released, offline viewing feature for its mobile apps is finally going to make an appearance, Google promises. Alas, it seems the company decided to enable the function for emerging markets only.

Today, Google announced the launch of the first devices to be released in India, under the Android One program. If you are not familiar with it – it is an effort by Google to bring low-priced phones to emerging markets. To do that, the search giant partners up with OEMs in its target regions and helps them in the development of phones, which offer features that are best catered towards local customers, while keeping the price tag as low as possible.

Alongside this launch, Google also announced it would soon be bringing the YouTube app's offline capabilities in India. Since the phones are aimed at the budget crowd, who often have a limited data plan, this function should help them pre-load their device with a few videos, while near Wi-Fi, then watch them when out and about.

To download videos, users will have to press an “add to device” button, which should appear somewhere on a video's page. The video is then stored on the device for as long as one decides to keep it. We are curious to know how the search giant intends to go about monetizing the offline service.

Google, again, did not give a time-frame, neither did it say anything about the feature being enabled in other markets as well. It seems it may be an emerging-market-exclusive for now, which is kind of a let-down.

source: Medianama via Neowin

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8 Comments

1. register unregistered

Tubemate.

7. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

Well said MATE :D

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Well....we have tubemate already...

3. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Tubemate for my note and metrotube for wp. Come on google just enable it already.

5. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

I use myTube for watching as well as surfing YouTube videos on my L1520. Really good app, works better than the official one on my iPad.

4. justsayit

Posts: 256; Member since: May 09, 2013

that bad for youtuber,lesser view,the lesser income

6. Dee79

Posts: 307; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Tubemate for sure

8. Aplusk

Posts: 120; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

I guess offline mode means, you dont need operators or cellular data to view or download youtube apps. Maybe google can give this feature to only stock android phones or android phones ? who knows . . .http://goo.gl/ZE2LeW

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