YouTube Go has been recently launched in India and it is a healthy alternative to the YouTube app, given most cellular data connections in the country run on a metered data — minus Jio users who will probably need it after the Happy New Year offer ends.
The app was made keeping in mind that most of India has a spotty internet connection, requiring light version of the YouTube app which has the ability to play videos on low-quality as well as save them for viewing later.
The app was announced in September 2016 at an event in India and the beta version has been released on the Play Store.
The description for the app goes well with what it’s aiming for, stating, “A brand new app to download, enjoy and share videos… bina data udae!” and ” Maximise your fun without eating up your data! ”
The YouTube Go app lets users preview clips from the video — somewhat like Gifs — before you choose to play or download the video. This allows users to verify whether the current video is the one they’re looking without having to play it — saving internet data.
Ability to Download for Viewing Later
Users can download videos in low-quality too. You’ve two downloading options available: Basic (240p) and Standard (360p), both of which also show the amount of data that’ll be consumed to download the respective versions — allowing a user to judge how much is feasible for their current internet plan.
You can download the video on either your internal storage or SD card — the app allows you to choose that too.
Share Videos with Friends
Sharing saved videos with friends who’re close by is a breeze with YouTube Go app via Wi-Fi direct as no additional data usage is incurred while doing that — you don’t even need an internet connection to be able to use this feature.
You can even use Bluetooth to share the saved videos with your friends.
The YouTube GO app, upon official release will probably be a success in India as the sub-continent has a spotty internet connection as well as metered data plans on most of the networks.
It’ll be especially appealing to the youth who don’t have a lot of bucks to spend on internet connection and having to have more fun on less data would work well with them.
If you wish to watch hi-quality videos (720p or 1080p) and save them for viewing later, you always have the option to use the official YouTube app.