Yesterday, all of us read about how Google unveiled three cheap smartphones in India under the Android One program. Google teamed up with three Indian smartphone manufacturers Micromax, Karbonn and Spice to bring out cheap smartphones and not only are they smartphones cheap, they also boast of good specs and some interesting features. While we all know they will be running the latest version of Android and will be among the first devices to receive new updates, another interesting feature that Google announced will be available on these smartphones will be the ability to watch YouTube videos offline.
Sounds interesting? This feature could turn out to be useful in times when you just fall in love with a video and want to watch it over and over again or find something interesting on YouTube and want to save it so you can show it to people you like even when you are offline.
If you’re reading this post from somewhere in India, consider yourself lucky as Google as as of now announced plans to introduce this service only in India in the coming weeks. Something else we can be proud of tomorrow after we became the first nation to get a taste of the Android One smartphones yesterday.
Talking about this new feature, Google Product Management’s Vice-President Caesar Sengupta said:
“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.”
Some might complain about the video-download feature already being available on smartphones through video-downloading apps but with Google itself stepping into it, things are about to get way better and faster.
Another feature that Google is working on and will be introduced in the coming weeks is a new music subscription service that goes by the name Music Key. Similar to what Google plans to offer with YouTube this service will allow you to stream and download specifically music videos on your smartphone or your computer.
Google is working on these features to achieve their goal of reaching 5 million new smartphone users. The Android One was introudced to reach the same goal by providing users with cheap but feature ricj smartphones running the latest version of Android, receiving the latest updates. Google also teamed up with Airtel to provide Android One users who will use Airtel connections to download the latest Android updates free of cost without even having to pay for the data charges.
Google seems pretty serious about reaching their goal and with the plans they are working on, it sure seems they are not far from achieving it. If Google can really provide the Indian users with the offline YouTube feature, they will surely win the hearts of many and also will revolutionize the way people watch videos. Will they succeed? We’ll find out soon. Till then, stay tuned for more updates.