YouTube has for a while now allowed users to download videos for offline watching. This can come in handy if you’re traveling somewhere and don’t have an internet connection, but want to keep yourself entertained. It can also be useful in developing markets where mobile data is expensive and limited, so saving videos offline while on WiFi lets users watch them later.
Now it seems that YouTube is recommending users to download certain videos, at least according to a report from Android Police who were tipped off by a reader from Malaysia @JazliAziz who shared a screenshot where YouTube was now recommending downloads, as you can see in the screenshot above.
Presumably these work along the same lines of YouTube’s other recommendations, where it will be based on videos you’ve watched or it thinks that you might like. So far this test seems to be limited to Malaysia (that we know of) and it is unclear when it might start to find its way to other markets. However if this is a test, then there’s also no guarantee of whether or not it will make the final cut and be released as a full-fledged feature, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled all the same.
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