Tired of having to stream you favorite YouTube clips using the same old application? Worry not, because Google’s got your back on this one. Recently, Johanna Wright, Google’s Vice President of Product Management has announced that a lighter and less resource-consuming version of the app has been launched in India.
The downscaled application is called YouTube Go, and it was specifically designed for those remote areas in India, where the Internet connection is limited. YouTube Go allows the user to do the same stuff like the full version available on Google Play.
However, being designed to operate on a low bandwidth, the new version of the app has limited options. For instance, YouTube Go let you preview clips before downloading them on your mobile device and also shows you a neat resource counter to see if the clip is worth the effort.
Because YouTube wanted to push on its offline viewing campaign, this version of the application will also allow you to pull videos from the website. Now, although the application is great for slower mobile devices or if you’re living in an area where you have limited Internet connection, it has limited feature.
For instance, you can’t play videos in high-quality. Moreover, some of the other features of YouTube such as home, trending, subscriptions, watch later will also be unavailable in this new version of YouTube.
The great news is that the app’s installation package is small (10 MB, give or take) and setting it up is easy. So, after downloading the package from Google’s Play, you will be asked to connect either using your Google Mail or Facebook credentials. The application will also ask you to supply a phone number for a one-time verification. Although you have the option of skipping this step if you plan on sharing a YouTube clip with a friend you will need to complete this step.
After supplying a valid phone number and entering the verification code you will receive, you’ll be able to use the application. One of the app’s coolest feature is being able to download and transfer clips using the Wi-Fi Direct protocol – this means bye-bye Bluetooth or mail or social media.
Unfortunately, the application is only available in India at the moment, but according to Google, it will be launched in the rest of the world sometime this month. So, if you have a bad connection or a slow phone, YouTube Go is the answer.
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