YouTube mobile app will soon offer offline viewing
In a rare instance of non-iOS 7 related news, YouTube announced on Wednesday that it plans to implement a new mobile feature that will enable users to view YouTube videos offline.
According to All Things Digital, the feature will allow users to store video on their mobile device for up to 48 hours before losing access to it. The feature, as one would expect from Google, will be free, but will be supported by mobile advertisements.
The YouTube team's press release on the matter reads in part:
We're always exploring ways to bring more viewers to your content. As part of this effort, later this year we'll launch a new feature on YouTube's mobile apps that will help you reach fans -- even when they're not connected to the internet.
This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an internet connection is unavailable. So your fans' ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.
All in all, this has the makings of a great feature for users while simultaneously providing yet another ad-based revenue stream for Google.
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