Google will soon allow Android users in India to download YouTube videos and watch them offline. The announcement was made alongside its first ‘Android One’ smartphones, a new initiative designed to give users a premium, Google-driven experience at cheaper price-points.
Google says “In the coming weeks much of YouTube will be available offline in India, meaning that people can store videos in the YouTube app when they are on WiFi and watch them later when needed — a great benefit for times with a slow connection or rewatching videos without using up the data plan,”.
The move is significant and should make YouTube a more attractive service in India. Not everyone has contract plans with large or unlimited data caps, and so streaming videos simply isn’t an option without incurring charges. With offline playback, Android users can store the videos from their favorite channels so they can be viewed at any time, regardless of their internet connection.
Its true that many Android users outside of India would love this feature too – it would certainly prove useful for commutes and long-haul flights.