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YouTube Go has launched in beta, allowing users to download videos for offline viewing.

YouTube Go is designed for video viewers who want to minimise the amount of data they use to stream videos on their mobile devices. It allows users to download content and save it for later, and then offers the ability to let them gauge whether particular videos are worth watching by offering previews, and gives them the option to set a data cap.

Addressing issues that particularly frustrate users in countries without ubiquitous 3G and 4G networks, YouTube Go users can also save and watch videos without buffering even when they have a particularly slow connection. There are also some social features for users who wish to share videos.

The http://youtubego.com/signup/beta is initially available in South Asia and the Middle East.