After Google launched its low-cost fully featured Android One smartphones initiative in India, it added one more announcement and that is about YouTube. YouTube users in India will be able to save videos offline and watch them anywhere, any time, without a data connection. This announcement was made at an event in Gurgaon, India.
Ceasar Sengupta, YouTube executive announced at the event in India that "YouTube is popular here. You watch some videos again and again. How awesome would it be if you could keep watching them again and again without having to pay for data, and take the videos with you wherever you go?" said "Within the coming few weeks, much of YouTube will be available offline in India. This is huge, and our users will really, really like this. You can download a video once, save it to your phone, and watch it again and again."
It is not clear at the moment whether this new offline option is restricted to YouTube in India, or if this will be an Android only feature, but in either case, it is a big step forward for consumers here. Users will be able to save almost any video on the streaming service to their phones, tablets or computers. One interesting consideration here is to see how YouTube will be able to monetise these videos which are stored offline. Google did not mention as to when offline availability will launch in the country, nor has it stated whether the service will be available in other countries.
Hopefully it will introduce this service to other regions also. Lets wait for its official release for this offline "YouTube" mode.