Google has officially announced the offline support in YouTube, in India. People can download the desirable videos to their Android or iOS devices and can view later, even if there is no net connectivity.
The offline playback option for YouTube videos is only available through the YouTube app.
Videos with a playback support option will have an offline icon which is placed right under the video with an arrow pointing downwards. Once the icon is tapped, playback quality choice is confirmed. The video then can be watched anywhere, even without internet access but within a time span of 48 hours.
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John Harding, Vice President of Engineering at YouTube, said of the new offline feature, “In a country like India, the future of the Internet is mobile… By launching this offline experience on YouTube in India today, we hope to help people move past the challenges of data connection, speed and cost to enjoy a smooth, buffer-free version of YouTube”, as according to the NDTV gadgets report.
According to the company’s blog post, much of the popular YouTube content in India is already available for people to view offline, including video content from T-Series, Saregama and Yashraj Films.
Recently, according to the SmartInsights report, YouTube claimed to be the most visited social media site beating Facebook, in the US. A similar growth of Youtube is expected to be seen in India with the launch of their new offline option to view videos.