Good news for my Asian friends, YouTube brings the ability to playback tracks on offline mode! But this feature is available in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. The announcement was made back in September during the launch of Android One. During the launch, this feature allows users to download videos on their devices without any data connection for only 48 hours.
The YouTube’s offline videos are enabled with a marked offline icon. When users tap on the icon, they can select a 360p or a 720p video quality. After downloading the video, users can view the videos at the “Offline” category at the hamburger menu section. Although the feature doesn’t allow users to keep the videos, that is why Google is limiting it for two days of availability of cached content.
YouTube’s Product Manager for Asia Pacific, Jay Akkad said that, “YouTube offline is just a start. We hope to keep finding better ways to make video content more affordable and accessible to our growing base of YouTube mobile users in the region.” But for now, the “popular YouTube content” will be available on offline playback in India, Indonesia and the Philippines. And this includes music videos.
Why are some developed countries in Asia isn’t receiving this awesome feature? It’s because of Google’s specific conditions are, wireless internet access is still relatively embryonic and a bit expensive. That is why Google is looking for ways to make countries without high-capacity wireless capability to developed.
Alongside Android One, Google also offers the Nexus family to its regional Play Store as well as Chromecast that was launched in India this week. That is why Google is very active in India. But it doesn’t mean that Google could not bring this feature into developed countries.
Users in India, Indonesia and the Philippines, let us know what do you think about this impressive offline playback feature?
Source: Android Authority