Last September, Google announced it was adding a new app to YouTube that will enable you to send videos to nearby friends. With YouTube Go, it really doesn’t matter if you have low data or not.
The company announced that it would begin testing the app in India—a country with low broadband penetration. “Built [YouTube Go] for the next generation of users to enjoy the power of YouTube. Maximize your fun without burning up your data,” the company said at the time.
“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.”
The YouTube Go app is for everyone, but it goes without a say that 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.
The app is designed to let you choose whether you would like to stream your selected videos immediately or download them for offline viewing in standard and low quality modes. YouTube Go also lets you send videos to other YouTube Go users nearby over a local ad-hoc Wi-Fi hotspot that won’t use up either person’s data.
Want to avoid burning data or want to save a video for offline view later? The app will probably come in handy. According to Android Police, YouTube Go makes it possible to download and watch most YouTube videos on your Android phone.
The downside is that 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.
Not in India? Never mind because you can still download the app from APK Mirror; though, currently still available in India to the best of my knowledge.
Why not give it a shot and give us a feedback. We would like to hear from you; share your experience using YouTube Go.