YouTube launched Youtube Go as a beta test in India last year and they said that it was built from the ground up that was designed to be offline first and for users to have more control over data usage. In December last year, they decided to roll out the beta test to several African countries including Kenya and now they have rolled it out to more countries worldwide.
“We are excited to expand YouTube Go to over 130 countries around the globe starting today,” YouTube said. “YouTube Go gives access to YouTube regardless of connectivity status and more control over data usage while being locally and socially relevant.”
When I checked out the app two months ago, I noticed some key features:
- You can download videos for offline viewing just like on the regular YouTube app. There are three categories: It even shows you the amount of storage available on your phone.
- You can send the offline videos stored on your phone to another phone via Bluetooth, which cuts the need for the other party to download the same video.
- You can discover fresh content by going to the home tab. You can also look for specific videos by using the search tool.
YouTube has also decided to make a few design changes thanks to feedback they’ve gotten over time.
- You can download, stream or share videos in high quality.
- You can get new personalized content by making the pull gesture of the homescreen. They will also notify you when new videos are uploaded from channels you love.
- They have made design changes so that it makes it even easier to access the share nearby feature from the home page.
- You can now share multiple videos at once