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YouTube Go is saying goodbye on August 2022!

After a run of almost 6 years, YouTube Go is going to be discontinued a few months from now.
YouTube Go is saying goodbye on August 2022!
File photo: YouTube Go logo

YouTube improved its main app for entry-level devices instead

To recap, YouTube Go is a version of the YouTube app that is designed for less capable devices. In 2016, the streaming giant rolled out the stripped-down version of YouTube for regions that couldn't reach decent internet speeds. 

Aside from that, this was meant for regions where most of the people were using relatively underpowered phones. 

Allegedly, this version of the app isn't as heavy as the original variant. This means the user can use it without slowing their phones down. Also, a lot of functionality was taken away so that it didn't use as much data per minute. 

While that sounds useful, it won't be around for much longer, unfortunately. According to a post on the YouTube help page, the service will come to an end by August. 

On the page, the company actually suggested that the users migrate back to the main YouTube app. The statement reads,

Since then, 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 that is inclusive of our entire community. Specifically, we have improved performance for entry-level devices or those that watch YouTube on slower networks. 

The streaming platform also revealed that it is building out additional user controls that help to decrease mobile data usage for viewers with limited data.

The post also encourages YouTube Go users to participate in creation and community by using the main app. It pointed out that they will have access to an overall improved user experience. 

Thank you for the six years of service, YouTube Go!

Source: YouTube
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