Google's Lightweight YouTube Go App Expands to More Countries
Google today made its data-saving YouTube Go mobile application available to a much wider selection of countries around the world. The app had been available in about 15 countries, but that number jumped to 130 thanks to today's expansion. YouTube Go functions regardless of connectivity status and gives users fine-grained control over data usage. It also strives to be locally relevant. Google says YouTube Go's home screen highlights trending and popular videos in the user's area. People can see a short preview of each video before choosing to play the entire thing. This can help cut down on data usage. The app supports downloading via WiFi so videos can be played back when offline. YouTube Go allows people to dial in the exact resolution they want so they can save data when out and about, and then enjoy high-definition content when connecting via WiFi. Moreover, the app lets people share videos with friends and family without using any data. The latest update makes it possible to share more than a single video at once. The app adds a pull-to-refresh tool that delivers personalized recommendations. Last, YouTube Go supports notifications so people can opt to be alerted when their favorite channels publish new videos. YouTube Go is free to download.
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
Nov 30, 2017
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Apr 25, 2018
YouTube has updates in store for its YouTube Kids service that will provide parents with more granular control over what their children can find and watch. Beginning immediately, Google's partners will cull together "collections of trusted channels" that range across topics such as music, sports, and arts and crafts so parents can pick and choose which their children are allowed to watch.
Aug 27, 2018
As part of its push toward digital wellbeing, Google has added several tools to YouTube that are meant to help people control how much time they spend watching videos. To start, the company has installed a profile to the setting menu that highlights how much video that person has watched both in the last 24 hours, last 48 hours, and last seven days.