Google is killing off its lightweight YouTube Go app, an app designed for phones with little storage and limited access to robust LTE and 5G networks. The company cites enhancements to the consumer YouTube app that made this service redundant. The app will remain available for download on the Play Store until August. The app has stripped YouTube down to its essentials and removed unnecessary elements, such as commenting, posting, or creating videos.
“When we launched YouTube Go in 2016, it was designed for viewers in places where connectivity, data prices and low-end devices prevented us from delivering the best experience in the main YouTube app. Since then, YouTube has invested in enhancements to the core YouTube app that make it perform better in these environments, while providing a better user experience that includes our entire community,” the YouTube team said.
YouTube Go is just one of many apps that Google (and other tech companies) have rolled out to accommodate cheaper phones with weaker processors and lower storage capacities. These were mostly Android phones running Android Go, but the cancellation of this latest app shows that not all of these apps have long lifespans.
Some of them, like Google’s Files Go, eventually get enough updates to become full-fledged apps on their own, while others like YouTube Go or Instagram Lite eventually die as the web gets worse. improves and good phones from Xiaomi and OnePlus become cheaper and cheaper. . As Google progresses its work with Android Go, we’ll find out if the Lite OS will eventually follow one of these two paths.