Updated YouTube Go app now available in over 130 countries

James Marshall
February 1, 2018

Most of the new country launches are in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America, including Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Egypt, Iran, and Pakistan.

Users can even swap videos offline with others who have the app installed on their own phones, effectively allowing sneaker-nets that can bring YouTube videos to rural communities without fast internet. When you tap on a thumbnail you are given a quick preview of the video and at that point you are able to decide if you would like to watch the whole video now or download it for later and how much data you want to use (basic, standard or high quality) to dictate the video resolution. Users also see more prompts to control mobile data usage.

All of the above features have been in YouTube Go since launch, but the big expansion comes with some new features as well.

Google extends its emerging market video app YouTube Go to 115 additional countries. The receiver then downloads a unique decryption key from YouTube's servers before the video can be played back in the YouTube app.

In addition, the YouTube Go app's home screen highlights videos in that are popular locally, and is presented in the users' language. No, the U.S. still isn't included, but it wasn't really designed for the developed world. YouTube Go assists those consumers by allowing them to download videos during times of the day when more bandwidth is available.

It also made the "share nearby" feature easier to access and added the ability for users to share multiple videos at once.

YouTube Go is available in the Google Play Store here.

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