Even with ever-improving mobile data coverage and an increasing number of WiFi hotspots, it’s often still difficult to watch videos anywhere you’d like. This problem is especially prevalent in less-developed countries. Because of this, the YouTube team has created YouTube Go, an app that centers around saving videos to view later.
YouTube Go was first announced back in September of 2016 with a promise that it would become fully public “early next year.” Essentially, it’s an offline and more social spin on the widely-used YouTube app – video previews load before downloading so that you can decide whether you’d like to watch or download that video, you can select the resolution and see how much space each resolution level will take before saving a video, and you can share your saved videos with friends via Bluetooth transfer.
Judging from our brief interaction with the YouTube Go thus far, it seems to be possible to watch and download most YouTube videos. However, you’re restricted to basic or standard quality; no 1080p or even 720p here, folks. During the initial phase, it requires you to enter your phone number and verifies it with a text in order to do some friend-finding later on, which is presumably similar to how Allo and WhatsApp operate. The verification process worked for Artem and Cody without a hitch, but Go refused to allow me to connect, even after multiple tries on multiple devices with multiple phone numbers.