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YouTube Go for India to allow low bandwidth downloads


By Vivek Pai and Nikhil Pahwa

Google has announced YouTube Go for India, an app which will allow the transfer videos between 2 Go users entirely offline. The app will also provide users with a low bandwidth animated preview of the video, then providing a choice of quality between low or standard bandwidth, to further conserve data.

Additionally, the app will provide information on how much bandwidth and data will be used for the video, as well as how much space is left on the phone. The app will be available in 10 Indic languages including Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Telugu, Kannada, Gujarati and Malayalam, and will apparently be able to search offline as well.

YouTube Go’s homepage will be populated with 10 videos, with a link for saved videos. The displayed videos will be based on location, language choices and the user’s browsing history, similar to what YouTube currently does.

Google mentions that it designed the app with four things in mind: a relatable user experience, usable in low or no connectivity, to decrease cost of data usage and to be more social. As such, users can watch and save videos, share the saved videos with others offline and allows for watching on poor connections. However, the company is yet to provide a timeline for the launch of the app. To get in on an early preview, users can sign up here.

YouTube offline: In June, YouTube partnered with Airtel and Telenor to let users save videos offline using the cheaper night data packs. At the time the company mentioned that it would extend the feature with more operators eventually. While viewing a video on the YouTube app, users can tap on a grey arrow button to save the video offline; a prompt window will appear, asking the user to select “Save overnight” using discounted night data plan.

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