Updated: Jul 5
YouTube recommends Go users install the main application or access YouTube via browser. “We have improved performance for entry-level devices or those that watch YouTube on slower networks,” it said in a statement.
The video application is working on additional user controls to decrease mobile data usage for viewers with limited data.
However, YouTube Go users could not comment, post, create content or use dark themes. The application, which has over 500 million users, received its last update in October 2021, according to a 9to5 Google report.
It is important to mention that the market for smartphones has changed dramatically in the last five years.
Manufacturers launch devices that have more storage and RAM, as well as better battery management. This is helping apps run smoothly and without any major problems.
Google has not specified a date for the shutdown of YouTube Go, but appears to want to move users to its primary YouTube app, Android Police reported.
Google’s YouTube will drop its Go app in August 2022, it announced in a blog post. The application was tailored for Android Go on lower-end phones with less RAM compatibility.
Google has been constantly releasing updates and adding new features to the YouTube app. It recently widely released the Super Thanks, which allows users to tip content creators while watching their videos.
This feature allows content creators to reduce their dependency on advertisements. Also, there was a recent report which suggested that YouTube would be receiving a dedicated Podcasts homepage. This rumored update might also bring audio-only adds to the platform.