YouTube Go, the company's offline viewing app, expands to 130 countries

"We've been working hard to build a YouTube app that works for you, with brand new features designed with your preferences, aspirations and needs in mind." said Jay Akkad. (YouTube)

YouTube Go, the company’s "offline-first" app designed to aid in watching videos on slower networks, is expanding its availability to 130 countries.

YouTube Go first launched last year in beta in India and the company expanded availability to 14 more countries including Indonesia, Nigeria and Thailand. This week, YouTube is expanding the list to 130 countries.

YouTube Go features include a home screen featuring trending and popular videos in a given geographic area, available thumbnail video previews that are viewable before launching an entire clip and the ability to download videos for offline viewing.

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YouTube Go has added new features including the ability to download, stream and share videos in High Quality, easier access to personalized content on the home screen, easier access to the share nearby feature and the ability to share multiple videos at once.

“We've been working hard to build a YouTube app that works for you, with brand new features designed with your preferences, aspirations and needs in mind. We can't wait to see what you can do with the power of YouTube in the palm of your hand,” wrote Jay Akkad, product manager at YouTube, in a blog post.