YouTube Go has now crossed the 500 million download milestone on the Google Play Store.
Originally a redesign of YouTube for more modest and low-end hardware, YouTube Go is pre-installed on most Android Go-powered hardware, but can also be sidelined about an Android phone for an overhauled or streaming video experience.
It comes with a few features that you won’t actually get access to the standard YouTube app without a premium subscription. YouTube Go Spotty allows videos to be stored locally for offline access to network connections, as well as enhanced data-saving features for those in areas without big data plans or with extensive coverage. Lets you choose video resolution before you even start streaming content.
Considering that many emerging markets rely heavily on the Android Go taste of our favorite mobile OS, it is no surprise that the Lightweight YouTube client has reached such a downloadable figure (via Android Police). But it’s worth noting the differences between the various “Go” apps in the Play Store.
With YouTube Go hitting 500 million downloads, Google Maps Go has about 100 million, Google Assistant Go has only reached about 5 million. Obviously, people want to be able to access videos from their favorite creators rather than using voice-controlled or map-driven assistant.
One of the big drawbacks is that YouTube Go also works on 2G data connections, something that the standard YouTube application is not capable of. Combine this with other features like app installation size, access and low-end hardware and you have a winner.
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