YouTube Go App Lets You Download Videos While Controlling Data Consumption

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The YouTube Go app is the latest addition to YouTube’s ongoing presence on mobile devices. However, as many may already know, YouTube already has its own app available on the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store. So, how is it any different from its Go iteration?

What’s So Special About the YouTube Go App?

The difference between the classic YouTube app and its Go version lies in offline viewing capabilities. With the Go app, users will be able to download YouTube videos and set them aside for offline viewing. From there, downloaded videos can be shared amongst peers via a direct-to-device connection. Ultimately, this cuts the consumption of any more cellular data. Thus, the Go app targets users who are located in areas with poor connectivity and for those who want to cut down on cellular data costs.

YouTube’s Go app previously launched in India last year. This time around, its availability broadens to a bigger reach of 130 countries. It’s worth noting, though, that the app is not available in countries that have more developed networks, such as Canada, Australia, the United States, and Japan. Reportedly, there are currently no plans to extend Go in such countries with established internet connections.

The Go app can be downloaded on the Google Play Store here. However, as to whether or not YouTube Go will be available on Apple’s App Store has yet to be divulged.

YouTube Streaming Live TV Service Now Available on Apple TV Devices

While YouTube’s Go app may not be available for Apple devices just yet, Apple TV users will at least be able to access YouTube’s streaming live TV service now. Via Twitter, the folks at YouTube recently revealed that the YouTube TV app is now available for the Apple TV. The announcement comes after the app’s previously delayed launch for the Apple TV back in December.

The availability of the YouTube TV app to Apple TV users provides yet another alternative to traditional cable television. For a monthly payment of $35, subscribers are entitled to more than 50 networks with the option of additional channels for a certain fee.

Besides being available on the Apple App Store, the YouTube TV app has also become available for select Roku devices. According to reports, supported Roku devices compatible with the YouTube TV app include the likes of all Roku TVs, Roku 2, Roku 3, Roku 4, Roku Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick, Roku Streaming Stick Plus, Roku Premiere, Roku Premiere Plus, and Roku Express/Express Plus.

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