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YouTube mobile apps adding offline mode

News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday September 18, 2013.

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YouTube videos will soon be viewable even without an Internet connection thanks to an upcoming feature that will deliver offline YouTube support for the video-sharing website's mobile apps. The YouTube Creator blog has revealed that Google will soon enable a cache feature that can store certain videos onto a device so users can view them later. Downloads will be available for a "short period," so there will be a cap on how long the files will be available to store offline before users must watch the videos.

While it's a given that the YouTube Android app will support this feature, it's appears likely that the iOS app will also be able to cache video given the description of "mobile apps" rather simply specifying Android. BlackBerry and Windows Phone users probably will not be as lucky because their platforms have web apps rather than true mobile apps. In a cruel twist of fate, Google forced Microsoft to remove its self-developed YouTube app for Windows Phone because, among other things, it allowed users to download videos. Downloading videos on any platform or device is a violation of YouTube's terms of service. Google will introduce temporary downloads to Android and iOS in November .

source: YouTube, via: Techcrunch

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