YouTube Go, the lightweight version of Google’s streaming app, YouTube, is now globally available. Users in more than 130 countries can now access video content regardless of the erratic internet connection they have in their region.
YouTube Go was first introduced to the Indian market in September 2016. Not a coincidence that Google opted to begin the test of the new app with users in India where broadband connection is very limited. YouTube Go, according to Google’s announcement, is aimed at helping you share videos without burning your data. “Built [YouTube Go] for the next generation of users to enjoy the power of YouTube. Maximize your fun without burning up your data,” Google said in a statement when the app was launched.
There are some regions where bandwidth consumption is always an issue. To users in those places, the app looks like a perfect way to watch and share videos from YouTube without burning their data. It also means they are no longer worried about sharing video because of low 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, per The Verge. “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.”
Shortly after the initial roll out in India, Google again extended the reach to 14 more countries. Apparently, the success of the app at the early stages was encouraging enough. Further successes achieved by the app in those 14 countries could be the reason for what’s now a global roll out of the app in more than 130 countries.
As with apps with similar features, you won’t be able to watch very high quality videos such as 1080p or 720p; this of course, means you are restricted to basic or standard quality clips. The app requires that first time users enter their phone number and get verified via a text messages sent by Google. I don’t expect the verification process to run smoothly at this early stage, but things should fall into places within the next couple of days.
Here are few things you can do with YouTube Go:
Find and watch videos online: You can find or search for your favorite videos on YouTube and watch them using the app. YouTube Go also helps you to discover new videos that you can watch or share with your friends.
Control your data: With the app, you can preview and download any video of your choice. You can also control your video MB sizes, which helps you to control your data consumption. I have a feeling that the lower the MB size, the lower the video quality you can watch with the app.
Save and watch video: Even when you have a slow connection, YouTube Go can still be used to download or watch videos without buffering—this saves a lot of time and MB too.
Share videos offline: You can share videos with your friends even while you are offline. This is perfect for those times when you don’t have data but want to share a lovely video with someone.