Google has released its YouTube Go app for Android users with slow internet. The newly released beta app designed for those users living in areas with poor WiFi connections and data coverage.
Announced it with offline viewing and sharing of videos back in September last year, and as promised, Google has now made YouTube Go mobile app available to download clips from the world’s most prolific video hub to users phone or tablet for offline viewing.
Today YouTube Go app has finally been released in beta state in India, which comes with 8 Indian languages, including; Hindi, Bengali, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and Malayalam or you can also choose English as a default speak.
Finally the YouTube Go has been rolling out for Indian users only, as it obviously concluded that the country is much spottier cellular blanket, slower carrier speeds and expensive data buckets, so it would need an app like YouTube Go much more. Because it’s still in beta form, YouTube Go testing bed is currently shipping with handpicked downloadable videos, tailored for the local market, and you can even choose from two quality options this time – basic and standard – neither of which means HD definition.
Once downloaded and installed on your device, it asks for your mobile number and of course, your email credentials id. In fact Google says that this is mandatory since people in yoyr contact can connect with you on YouTube Go and other Google services as well. After verifying your number with OTP, you can simply use the app. Also Read: YouTube Takes On Facebook With Mobile Live Streaming.
As mentioned only two video quality options are made available at the moment. The basic quality is 1/10th of the size of the standard resolution, meaning that the basic quality might be a bit less than 144p. High resolution option could be enabled in the upcoming update. Since its been in beta, YouTube Go app might have bugs. Be careful.
Now, the flip side. On your phone or tablet device, this makes the downloaded videos pretty small and if you have a device already limited storage capabilities, you’re likely to appreciate the way Google is offering with YouTube Go. Android users can also share or receive videos from friends around them with the newly released app. Needless to say, not every uploader has checked the download permission marks for their videos.
Highlights of YouTube Go for Android
- Control Your Data – Choose to download or stream, Preview videos before you download or watch, Choose how many MBs you spend on videos
- Share Videos Instantly – Share with friends and family nearby, Video transfer uses no data, Super fast speed: send videos in seconds, Once received, a quick 15KB internet security check allows you to play the video
- Download Videos – Download videos to your phone or SD card, Play them without buffering, Watch them anytime, anywhere – even with slow or no internet connection, Watch downloaded videos many times with no extra data cost
- Super Fast Less Phone Hang – No more worrying about phone hanging, Made to work with less storage and slow speeds, Works on older Android versions back to Jellybean (Android 4.1)
Official ones for the Play Store would only work if you are located in that particular region, but you can also sideload the YouTube Go APK and take it for a spin.