YouTube brings 'Go' to India to tackle patchy Internet signals

"Today, after months of expanded testing and refinement, we're happy to announce that we're making the beta version of YouTube Go available for download on the Google Play Store in India", Google said in a statement.

Silicon Valley has long regarded India, with its population of 1.3 billion people and poor connectivity, as a prime place to test products for emerging markets.

According to a post, the YouTube Go was designed with four main principles in mind. The recommended videos will be compiled based on the user's preferences. It is created to be offline first and improve the experience of watching videos on a slower network.

".The app is created to be offline first and improve the experience of watching videos on a slower network; it gives you more control over data usage, by providing choice and transparency into the amount of data spent on streaming or saving videos", it said. This enables you to directly share saved videos from within the app to nearby Youtube Go users over a local ad-hoc Wi-Fi hotspot. Videos can be sent and received instantly and offline using the YouTube Go app.

Google at present launched the beta version of YouTube Go and once the user feedbacks are there, they will be additionally correcting it and will launch app largely. Also, YouTube Go lets you preview videos by tapping a thumbnail - this allows a user to get a better idea of a video's content without having to play it. Find us on Facebook too!

The YouTube Go app is fast indeed and the home page had some of my favorite shows lined up.

Throughout the beta process, YouTube will continue to listen to feedback, including hosting several activities in India, before launching the app more widely.

But with YouTube Go, Google has completely recreated a new app from scratch, created to work where there is zero or poor connectivity.

  • Arturo Norris