In September 2016, Google promised that it would be launching YouTube Go, an Android app designed to offer a data efficient video viewing experience for users on slow internet connections.
YouTube Go was targeted at India, which has been eyed as a growth market for Google. Now, it’s been reported that a beta version of YouTube Go for early testers has been made available for download.
The app is essentially a faster and lighter version of YouTube. It gives you the option to stream selected videos immediately or to download them for offline viewing in standard and low-quality definition which is an extra option from the standard offline viewing feature.
YouTube Go also allows you to send videos to other YouTube Go users that are near you via a local Wi-Fi hotspot and this won’t eat up your data.
The app isn’t available for download on Google Play for Zimbabwe yet, but there is an option to install it via an apk which you can get by following the link below.
Considering how videos are an increasing representation of how we consume content on the internet, workarounds to data challenges like YouTube Go are a big deal.
Since African internet use faces similar challenges the hope is that companies like YouTube also make an extension for African users in the same way that Facebook has made lighter access to its platform a use case for the African market.
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