Google has announced today that the YouTube Go app will be discontinued “in August.
“YouTube Go was first released in 2016 as a minimalist Android app designed for low-end hardware and cellular connectivity limitations.
With Google having made many optimizations to the primary client in recent years, the main YouTube app is the intended alternative, with the website also being emphasized.
“Specifically, we have improved performance for entry-level devices or those that watch YouTube on slower networks. We’re also building out additional user controls that help to decrease mobile data usage for viewers with limited data.” Google said in the announcement.
Google is now requesting that users download the official YouTube app or go to youtube.com in their browsers. In comparison to YouTube Go, the standard YouTube app delivers a superior overall user experience and includes capabilities that many users have requested, such as the ability to comment, publish, produce video, and utilize a dark theme, which aren’t available on YouTube Go.
“Using the main YouTube app, YouTube Go users will be able to participate in creation and community and have access to an overall improved user experience.” Google added.
In case you are worried about data consumption, Google says it is building out additional user controls that help to decrease mobile data usage for viewers with limited data with more updates to be released soon.