YouTube Go will be shut down in August this year. The app was launched back in 2016 to cater to viewers who were unable to use the main YouTube app due to connectivity or data issues. The video platform is changing its approach by offering an app that will cater to all types of users across the board.
Google states that “YouTube Go was created to for viewers in locations where connectivity, data prices, and low-end devices” prevented the firm from “delivering the best experience in the main YouTube app”. However, YouTube has come a long way as it has made significant improvements to the main YouTube app.
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The company recommends YouTube Go users to either install the main YouTube app or open up youtube.com in their browsers. They will get to experience features such as the ability to comment, post, and use the dark theme. These functions aren’t available on YouTube Go.
The firm adds that these modifications “make it perform better in these environments, while also delivering a better user experience which is inclusive of our entire community”. Notably, it has enhanced the performance of the app on budget devices and slower networks. YouTube notes that it will be introducing special user controls that will help reduce the usage of mobile data. This will greatly help viewers with limited data and spotty connections.
YouTube Go will be unavailable from August. However, Google doesn’t divulge on what date it will be shutting down the app.