Google has revealed at the Android One launch event today that YouTube will be available offline in the coming few weeks, allowing users to save videos. YouTube offline will allow users to watch the same videos over and over again without having to bother about data charges or losing additional data. This new feature will be useful for both poor connections and re-watching favourite videos.
“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,” said Ceaser Sengupta, Company Executive.
The ‘Offline’ mode will also help users to store videos in the YouTube app while being connected to a Wi-Fi network and watch them later, when they are out of it. The offline service will not be restricted to music videos only. There were no details given about the advertising model for offline videos. Also, the exact details are not clear yet about any restrictions on the videos one can download or whether the uploader will have a choice to make the video available on the offline mode or not.
Google has also added a new feature that allows users to upload their Google Plus videos directly to YouTube. The YouTube users will now see an ‘Import Videos’ option on their upload page and if they have a video content in their Google Plus account, then clicking this link will highlight it and allow them to directly import it to their YouTube channel.
“If you are a regular Google+ user and have uploaded plenty of videos to share with your circles, or if you have Google+ Photos Auto backup on your mobile device, you will be able to import all these videos to YouTube. This way you can easily store those videos on YouTube, share it with your fans and keep uploading awesome content in your channel”, Google confirmed.