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YouTube continues to be updated to be able to compete head-to-head with the platforms of streaming, their biggest rivals today.
In accordance with 9to5Google, some users in Europe have received a notice on their Android phones to try a new feature that is also on Netflix. Is about Smart Downloads, a smart download tool with which those users who have a subscription premium on YouTube, they will be able to save mobile data.
How will it work? According to reports, the new feature will allow YouTube to download videos for its users so that they can watch them offline. The service will download content that may be of interest to the user based on their preferences and playing history.
A maximum of 20 weekly videos
The function will only activate automatic downloads when the phone or tablet is connected to a Wi-Fi network and does not allow the user to choose the videos manually. Instead it will be the app whoever selects them for download.
Based on testing, it appears that downloads will be limited to a maximum of 20 videos per week. It is unknown if, once viewed, YouTube will automatically delete downloaded content like Netflix does. Currently, this feature is only supported on the latest version of Android.
In the event that you see the notice of availability of Smart Downloads in a banner When you open the YouTube app, you can sign up to try the feature until February 14. You can also buy if you are eligible to try this and other new YouTube features through Settings> Try New Features within the app.