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The YouTube GO app can be tested in India at the moment, after it has been downloaded for the Play Store. Youtube Go app save and manages data in more than one ways, letting users preview Youtube videos from the thumbnail and giving different download size options for HD and SD quality videos.

Designed for those living in areas with poor Wi-Fi connectivity and limited data coverage, the Android app will let users enjoy videos without being hit by lofty bills or struggling with endless buffering. If you have YouTube Red, you already had both of these services, but now everyone else will be getting the combined services sometime this year.

The reasoning for India as a launch market makes sense, where infrastructure is less reliable, as the app massively reduces file size for all videos.

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"YouTube Go is a brand new app to help the next generation of users share and enjoy videos", YouTube product management VP Johanna Wright says in a statement, per The Verge. Basic quality is a lower resolution version with smaller file size while the Standard quality shows the video in its originally uploaded resolution. The app supports many Indian regional languages. On navigating to the home page of the app, the user can start browsing through recommended videos or search for specific YouTube video that he/she wants to download. This time around, YouTube is hoping to also emulate the same success by making a less consuming version of their app so it is accessed more widely by a large number of audiences who are unable to connect to their service.

You may share videos with friends and family nearby, and google notes that video transfers use no data when shared this way, and that it only takes a quick Internet security check to play the video. Also, since the early access function is now disabled by Google Play, you can download the APK and try it out.

Although making it easier to download videos for anytime viewing, there is a catch - image quality. The app, as promised by Google previous year, is light (less than 10MB in size) and features an option to share files using Wi-Fi Direct protocol. The music streaming business seems like a fiercely competitive space with several major players like Apple (Apple Music), Spotify, Amazon, and even Facebook vying for a piece of the pie.

  • Kyle Warner