YouTube Go was launched in 2016 as a lightweight alternative to the standard app for emerging markets, but it will be phased out in August, according to the platform’s Community forums. Users of the lite version were encouraged to either switch to the standard YouTube app on their Android or go to youtube.com via the browser, according to the video platform.
The End of YouTube Go
When YouTube Go was first released five years ago, viewers couldn’t comment, share, or create content, nor could they use Dark Mode. All of these capabilities, however, have become an intrinsic part of the video platform, which is why the app will be discontinued.
The release also stated that performance has improved, particularly on low-end smartphones, and that the ordinary YouTube app will no longer put a load on connectivity or data pricing. Additional data-saving restrictions are also in the works, which will benefit viewers on limited plans.
It’s also worth noting that the smartphone market has changed dramatically in the last five years. Makers are releasing devices with increased RAM and storage, improved processing power, and improved battery management, all of which help typical apps operate smoothly and without serious hassles.