Google says that the lite version of YouTube, YouTube Go, will be going into the Alphabet-owned search engine’s graveyard at the beginning of August 2022.
After the app is taken down, users have the option of downloading the main app from the Play Store or visiting the platform’s website. Whichever way they decide to go, both options are much better than the Go version of the app. Now, you get to comment, post, create content, and use dark theme.
The original idea behind creating YouTube Go was to enable users in areas with poor network connectivity, low data prices, and low-end devices get access to the platform as well.
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Over the years, the features that make the Go version what it is have been added to the main YouTube app. TeamYouTube Community Manager Meaghan said:
“YouTube has invested in improvements to the main YouTube app that make it perform better in these environments, while also delivering a better user experience which is inclusive of our entire community.
“Specifically, we have improved performance for entry-level devices or those that watch YouTube on slower networks. We’re also building out additional user controls that help to decrease mobile data usage for viewers with limited data.”
YouTube Go had a good run between 2016 and 2022. With its demise, it is believed that more users will engage with content and one another.
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