YouTube intends to make big moves as 2018 commences, with the launch of their new application YouTube Go. The video streaming giant is introducing it’s newest product in 130 countries after a successful beta test in India last year and an ensuing trial run in 14 additional countries. YouTube Go provides a redesigned version of YouTube’s mobile interface that’s designed for users in areas with poor connectivity as well as those facing expensive or limited access to cellular data.
The new application gives users the ability to download videos for offline viewing, normally a feature included in the company’s $10 monthly YouTube Red subscription package. Through YouTube Go, users can avoid draining additional cell data by sharing videos locally through a direct device-to-device connection. YouTube Go is also getting a number of feature updates from Google, including functions that will allow viewers to stream and download higher quality content, share multiple videos at once to other devices, as well as a user-personalized feed of suggested content.
The app’s roll out is currently confined to Android users. The international debut of YouTube Go will also skip countries with developed digital infrastructures, such as the United States, Canada, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, though future developments could aim to expand the new platform’s availability.