Don’t you wish your long, boring morning bus ride could be a bit more entertaining? Soon, it might be. YouTube announced on Tuesday that it will soon offer the ability to let users view videos on their mobile even when offline.
The update is expected to be released in November, but other than this, details have been very vague.
In short, it’s a simple update among many other unspecified ones, and basically, it will allow users to download videos for offline viewing within the YouTube app. Practically speaking, this will prevent viewers from using up their mobile data by allowing them to download videos in advance via Wi-fi.
“This upcoming feature will allow people to add videos to their device to watch for a short period when an Internet connection is unavailable,” the YouTube Creator Blog said. “So your fans’ ability to enjoy your videos no longer has to be interrupted by something as commonplace as a morning commute.”
That said, the update has been marketed primarily towards YouTube’s content creators. TheNextWeb has speculated that this hints at the ability for channel owners to pick and choose what videos can be available for the in-app download.
Furthermore, there have been no specific numbers as to how long this “short period” will last, but a morning commute seems like a fair amount of time. Additionally, no information has been mentioned regarding which mobile platforms the update will be available on.
Do you think that offline viewing for YouTube is a good thing? Would this make your short trips more bearable?