A new Android YouTube app has launched that allows users to download videos in order to watch them at a later time – without the need for fast mobile connectivity has just been launched.
The app, called YouTube Go, is currently being trialled in India but there are plans to make it more widely available some time next year.
“YouTube Go is a brand new app to help the next generation of users share and enjoy videos,” YouTube product management VP Johanna Wright said in a statement via The Verge.
“YouTube Go was designed and built from the ground up with insights from India, in order to bring the power of video to mobile users in a way that is more conscious of their data and connectivity, while still being locally relevant and social.”
The idea is fairly simple: people can download video content when they’re within a wifi connection, and then watch them later while offline.
In addition, users can preview the videos before downloading them. They can also change the quality of the video they’re downloading.
Users can even share videos with others without the need for an internet connection.
Should this trial be successful, it could spell an end to those frustrating buffering moments that always seem to occur when you’re halfway through a video.
Loaded digital reporter Oli Palmer has been writing about film/TV since 2013. Follow Oli on Twitter at @olipalmer