Google hosted the ‘Google for India’ event in New Delhi today to celebrate its 18th birthday. On this event, Google announced free public Wi-Fi hotspots (Google Station) across the country, Google Assistant in Hindi and apps like Google News Lite, YouTube Go, and Chrome Beta among others. The prime motive behind these initiatives is to increase the internet accessibility throughout India.
Out of all the three apps announced today, the one which attracts me the most is undoubtedly the YouTube Go. If users would remember, Google had earlier introduced the offline mode in 2014 which allowed the users to download the video and later watch them offline. YouTube had even introduced the smart offline feature which allowed users to schedule video downloads at night when most operators charge less. However, YouTube Go goes even a step further.
Google has said that it has built the YouTube Go from scratch. This new app launches a popup showing the file size of a video in MB in different qualities before you play it along with the storage available on your device. There is even a preview showing thumbnails from different points in the video. This would help users in deciding whether they wish to just stream the video or download it for watching it anytime later.
The highlight of YouTube Go, however, is the capability to share video files with anyone nearby having the YouTube Go app completely offline via Wi-Fi Direct. YouTube has even fine-tuned the recommendations taking into account what your nearby people are viewing. The YouTube Go will be slowly rolled out in the coming days. In the meanwhile, you can sign up for the app here to get notified. YouTube Go is a really nice initiative by Google considering the fact that majority of the Indian users still don’t have access to high-speed internet.
Source: YouTube Official Blog