YouTube Go: New feature will allow users to save videos and watch offline

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Google announced a new app called YouTube Go, which will broaden the accessibility of the service. The company said it was designed and developed with Indian users in mind, and so they will be give access to it before the rest of the world. YouTube Go is predominately aimed at areas where the connectivity is limited. 

Users will be able to save videos for offline viewing, as well as getting full information on quality and file size, so that it is clear how much data a download will use. The app will also allow for local sharing, with nearby users, without using any data. 

 

"YouTube Go is a brand new app to help the next generation of users share and enjoy videos," YouTube product management VP Johanna Wright says in a statement. "YouTube Go was designed and built from the ground up with insights from India, in order to bring the power of video to mobile users in a way that is more conscious of their data and connectivity, while still being locally relevant and social."

"In an increasingly mobile-first world, India gives us early insights into the future of the Internet," Google CEO Sundar Pichai wrote in an op-ed for The Economic Times. "Moreover, we learned the issues Indians may have with connectivity and data constraints can be universal."

Users in India can now sign up to test YouTube Go. The company has yet to announce the global launch date. 

Jessica Kelly, Newstalk.com 

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