Google is abandoning the YouTube Go app for Android
If you own an Android, you are not alone as almost 3 million people are using Android devices globally. The operating system (OS) for these devices has been owned and operated by Google since 2005, when it acquired the startup behind Android and rewrote the operating system from scratch. But the tech giant has been making changes to Android ever since. In the past year alone, Google has updated its payment policy to tighten billing service requirements for app developers and has also already announced plans to change privacy protocols for Android devices. Now, Android users are about to lose service due to another change from the tech giant. Read on to find out what you’ll have to give up in the coming months if you own an Android.
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Google’s plethora of changes haven’t come without a cost to Android users. With its recent payment policy update, many companies have since limited and removed features from their Android apps, presumably to keep their full revenue. On April 1, Amazon stopped allowing Audible users to purchase audiobook titles with a credit or debit card on its Android app, The Verge reported. Shortly thereafter, on April 4, Barnes & Noble informed shoppers that they would not be able to purchase e-books or other content from its Nook app for Android. And more recently, Hulu removed the ability for users to create a new account or start a new free trial on its app for Android and Android TV.
In another change, it has just been confirmed that Google will kill off one of its Android apps in 2022. The tech giant is getting rid of its YouTube Go app, according to a May 2 announcement from YouTube on Google Help. The app will begin shutting down in August, although an exact date when access will be completely removed has yet to be given. But as tech news blog Ghacks also reports, for Android users who haven’t yet downloaded the YouTube Go app, it’s already no longer available on the Google Play Store.
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YouTube Go first launched in the Google Play Store in 2016, designed as a way for Android users to access the video platform even when “in places where connectivity, data prices and low-end devices prevented us from delivering the best experience overall.” YouTube app.”
But as a lite version of the main YouTube app, its functionality has been limited, including not allowing Android users to “comment, post, create content and use a dark theme”. It also hasn’t been updated since October 2021, according to 9to5Google. Despite this, YouTube Go still has over 500 million installs, so those users might be appalled by the recent announcement.
Android users won’t have to do without YouTube altogether when YouTube Go is officially retired. Instead, Google advises you to switch to another source. “To access YouTube, we recommend YouTube Go users install the main YouTube app or visit youtube.com in their browser,” the company said.
According to the announcement, YouTube is working to improve its core Android app to help address some of the issues the YouTube Go app was originally created for, such as better performance in certain environments and better overall user experience.
“Specifically, we improved performance for entry-level devices or those watching YouTube on slower networks,” YouTube said in the announcement. “We’re also developing additional user controls that help reduce mobile data usage for viewers with limited data, so stay tuned for more updates.”
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