The app’s being sunsetted, whereas new knowledge controls come to the principle YouTube app

A profitable cellular app manages to handle its customers’ wants, and never everybody has entry to a high-end telephone or super-fast mobile knowledge connection. A couple of years again, we noticed Android Go arrive to assist serve this area of interest, with light-weight apps like YouTube Go and Maps Go serving to to scale back the burden of entry. However this method to software program has been altering recently, and Google appears to be shifting away from options that explicitly goal lower-end use instances, as a substitute preferring apps which are extra adaptable throughout the board. That is simply what’s taking place now with YouTube Go, as Google prepares to kill it off, beginning this summer season.


YouTube Go will start shutting down in August. Google would not give us a tough deadline for when entry might be lower off fully, however the firm sounds severe about shifting customers over to the first YouTube app.

The reasoning Google provides for this modification sounds rather a lot like what we simply heard earlier this yr once we realized that Chrome was removing its data-saving Lite mode. Past simply fundamental entry to knowledge connectivity enhancing in lots of areas, Google’s getting higher at having its software program adapt to slower knowledge situations, with out the necessity for a devoted app. YouTube’s additionally taking part in extra properly with entry-level telephones today, obviating the demand for one thing like a low-RAM version.

Along with addressing these sort of entry and compatibility points, Google would additionally clearly like as many customers as attainable getting the total YouTube expertise, with all of the (rigorously constructed to seize and maintain your curiosity) bells and whistles.

If you happen to’re nonetheless involved, Google does share that it plans to introduce new choices for controlling knowledge consumption — we simply hope that finally ends up working higher than the dumpster fireplace that is grow to be the app’s decision settings.

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