Access to the internet is something we in America take for granted. Many of us have super-fast connections and LTE nearly everywhere we go. Sure, many of us have limited data packages but even then there are enough free Wi-Fi spots around to accommodate just about anyone. All you need to do is walk into a Starbucks, Panera, or McDonalds and you’re usually able to get online and do your thing. In other countries it’s a very different story, and that’s why Google is testing out YouTube Go in India.
Today we are starting extensive user tests of YouTube Go, a brand new mobile app completely re-imagined for the next generation of YouTube users. Our product team spent the last year learning from users in India about their access and affordability challenges. So we designed the app to load and play YouTube videos smoothly across various connectivity situations, and to provide users transparency and control over their data consumption. The app also has a cool new feature that lets users share videos easily with friends and family nearby, without using any data. YouTube Go will be India-only at first. If you want to an early chance to try it out, sign up at youtubego.com/signup to find out when the app is available.
While the service is India-only and just being tested, it seems like it could be expanded to other countries including the U.S. if it pans out. While U.S. users aren’t anywhere as hard up when it comes to data and cost of data, it would be nice for some who are on budgets to have access to this.
What do you think of YouTube Go? Would you like to see it come to your country? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.Source: YouTube Blog
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