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YouTube is one of the more popular Google products, a prominent player in the Video content streaming sphere. A lot of people in this part of the world, and other parts like it, consider video streaming a luxury to be indulged with much caution. This is due to the fact, that it consumes a whole lot of data and tends to be addictive. You promise yourself that you’ll watch just one video, and 30 minutes later, you’re still giggling at your screen, until you realize you’ve used 95% of your data bundle. Taking note of irks, like bad network connection and high data costs in certain developing countries, Google launched YouTube Go, a stripped-down version of its main YouTube app that allows users download and save videos for offline viewing or streaming, even with the poor network. Think of it more like a YouTube lite app, the same way you have Facebook lite and the likes. Youtube Go YouTube Go allows users to download videos for offline viewing. You can choose between two video quality options — basic (3GP) or standard (360p). The Go app will also display the amount of data and storage space required by the video you wish to download. All this is to ensure the user has control over just how much data they want to spend on YouTube videos. To top the list of features, you can send local clips downloaded from YouTube to friends over Bluetooth or other file-sharing services. Offline videos can be watched as many times as you wish; however, you are required to connect to the internet at least once a month. The YouTube Go app also lacks some functionality, like the ability to read and share comments, view specific channels, and subscribe to or unsubscribe a channel. These were sacrificed in order to make the app lighter and faster. Nonetheless, the homepage displays video content curated to meet your personal needs. You can get the app here.

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This article was first published on 23rd January 2018


Tobenna is a writer, programmer and musician who is passionate about God, tech, and music. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook by clicking the icons below.

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