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Google India Unveils Offline YouTube App

At an event in New Delhi, India, Google laid out plans to better serve users in the country.

These efforts broadly focus on two areas: data usage and language support.

The company highlighted the work it has done so far to reduce the need for high-speed data.

Rahul Ro-Chowdhury, Google's VP of Chrome, said Indian users save 337TB of data every week thanks to Chrome's data saver feature.

It's recently updated data saver to also reduce the size of videos by as much as two thirds.

But the best way to save data, obviously, is to negate the need to use it at all. Features like Google Maps offline, now popular around the world, were tailor made for India and other developing markets.

The new Chrome for Android update will offer the ability to download entire webpages, and a wide range of video and music files, for consumption offline.

YouTube is one of the biggest bandwidth hogs across the world, and Google today announced an expansion of the video portal's offline feature set for India.

YouTube Go is a new app that allows users fine control of video downloads.

The application offers a broad range of options for video quality and download time.

It even allows for local sharing that won't cost users a penny, via Bluetooth.

It's been designed to use as little data as possible, and also to work well in areas with unstable connections downloads won't fail if your connectivity drops; they'll just pause until you get back online.

Google has been working hard to provide free internet access in the country.

While Facebook has focused on zero-rating certain parts of the internet, Google has been offering WiFi in train stations.

A Quartz report found that data speeds at these hotspots were among the best in the country -- topping 40mbps in some cases.

1.5 million Indians had used the service across 19 stations by June, and Google has expanded its reach to a further 33 stations since.

Some 15,000 people are apparently using these hotspots to access the internet for the first time every day.

With the initial pilot a success, Google is now announcing an expansion of the initiative, and renaming it "Google Station."

Despite the name, Station is set to expand the locations free WiFi is available beyond public transport buildings, as Google is looking to partner with private companies to offer solid WiFi elsewhere.

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