Cheekily storing YouTube videos on your smartphone or tablet is something Google has long been opposed to, but it seems that the search engine giant has had a change of heart.
Coming soon, an official Google-endorsed YouTube feature that lets you watch content without an internet connection. Well, for a short while, at least.
There’s no shortage of apps that let you store videos for offline viewing, but such apps make Google cry money-scented tears.
Indeed, Google took umbrage with Microsoft’s YouTube app for Windows Phone earlier this year, and one of the issues was video downloads.
However, on The Official YouTube Partners & Creators Blog, the YouTube Team gives a Heads up about an upcoming YouTube mobile feature.
The team writes: “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.”
We’re told to expect more info when the service launches in November.