YouTube on Thursday announced the new offline feature for Indian users that allows them to download videos from the YouTube app itself for offline viewing. The update has been rolled out to both the Android as well as iOS users, three months after their official announcement during the Android One launch in September this year.
The update has not been done On-Air and one needs to go to Play Store and update the app. The new update comes with a variety of features apart from the offline viewing. The first feature lets you have a YouTube Mix which lets you hear an infinite playlist with unlimited skips. There is also another feature which lets you find music faster by playing albums or artists straight from the search. Apart from all these features, the app also has a new striking user interface which has pretty bold colours.
Coming to the main feature, i.e the Offline Viewing. Google in its Official blog announced that majority of the popular content of Youtube is available for people to view offline, including content from popular channels like T-Series, Saregama and Yashraj Films. After updating the app, a download button is available besides every video which will make the video available for offline viewing. Once clicked the button, YouTube gives you options to download it in two qualities : Normal – 360p and HD – 720p. It should also be noted that a video which is saved via this feature is available for viewing only within 48 hours, the firm specified at its launch event in Mumbai. This move was taken in order to refrain from downloading copyrighted content.
YouTube thinks this feature will help people with poor data connection, to save their favorite videos and watch it later without worrying about poor data connection. On the user’s part too it seems logical to download your favorite songs rather then streaming it again and again and enjoy the buffer-free version of their content.