Google has announced the news in Android One launch event in India. Vice president of product management at Google Mr. Caesar Sengupta has made the official announcement:
“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. 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.”
YouTube is one of the most significant sources of content. It is the second most used search engine by the Indian users in the last year. Getting YouTube video offline on Android devices will definitely make YouTube much popular.
Users will be able to download the video once; save it in their smart phone to carry it with them and watch it again and again. Allowing users to download video for offline play depends on the video owner. It will be the default option to make the video downloadable but the video owner can restrict viewers as well. Google spokesperson has also clarified that they will still be able to monitor video views and ad impressions even if it goes offline.
Google is going to launch this service first in India because it seems to be a different audience segment for them. This service will available for Indian Android users in a few weeks, but I am sure that users out of India will also like the features of YouTube going offline.