YouTube Go for Android Review: Delivers on Its Promise

YouTube Go for Android Review: Delivers on Its Promise

HIGHLIGHTS

  • YouTube Go is a stripped down version of the YouTube app
  • It shows you how much data will be consumed by any video
  • You can download videos and share them with friends

We first heard about YouTube Go last year, when Google announced the offline-first YouTube app, and then a few months later YouTube Go entered Beta. It’s designed to work in areas with low connectivity or no network – there is a lot of focus on downloading videos instead of streaming, and it even shows you the size of video files before you even play something, so you know just how much data you’re going to use at any point.

At Google I/O 2017 last week, with the focus on the new Android Go project, the company talked about YouTube Go again, and Sameer Samat, VP of Product management for Android and Google Play, highlighted to Gadgets 360 the smaller APK size, and data optimisation features in YouTube Go.

We tried out YouTube Go for a while to see what the experience was like, and it looks and feels exactly like what it is – a stripped down version of YouTube. There are only two tabs – Home and Downloads – there’s none of the extras such as Subscriptions, Uploads, Purchases, or Playlists.

YouTube Go has just a single scrolling list of videos, thumbs one after another based on what’s popular, and nothing more. Tap on any video, and you’ll see a series of thumbnails, showing you a sort of preview of the video, along with details on how much storage is available on your phone at that moment. You have the option of selecting either basic quality or standard quality, and in both cases, you can see the amount of space that the file will occupy on your device, which is also how much of your data will be confused when downloading.

Once you’ve selected the size, you have two options – play, or download. It doesn’t default to either option – you have to manually choose each time. If you choose to play a file, it starts streaming right away at the chosen quality, and you can see more videos below.

In the regular YouTube app, you have the option of minimising a video while it’s playing, and browsing for the next one. In the case of YouTube Go, you have no such luxury. You do one thing at a time, or not at all.

That’s almost all there is to YouTube Go, save for one last feature. As we already mentioned, you can choose to download a video instead of playing it. If you do this, you can play it again any time you want, obviously, but you also have the option to share that with another YouTube Go user. The devices seem to perform the initial connection process using Bluetooth, and it’s easy to get started.

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When you open the downloads tab inside YouTube Go, you can tap on either send or receive. To transfer a file, the person with the file has to tap Send. This makes it start looking for the receiver. Then, the person who wants the file taps Receive. Once that’s done, the actual file transfer seems to happen over a peer-to-peer Wi-Fi connection between the two devices, which means it’s fast, and doesn’t use your Internet data.

The file has to be verified on the Internet before it can be watched on the phone that received it – after the verification, downloaded files can be watched anytime you like, as long as you connect to the Internet at least once a month.

In YouTube Go, everything is very simple, and it works supremely quickly. There are no wasted animations or complicated UI elements to slow things down. The message is clear – this app trims all the fat that it can find, and then some more, to provide the smoothest experience possible.

This shows in the file sizes of downloaded videos as well. A four minute video takes up 2MB at the basic quality setting. A 21 minute clip took up just 12.1MB.

At standard quality on the other hand, a 1 minute clip took up 4.8MB. The same clip is 558Kb on basic quality. The difference in file sizes is tremendous, but the difference in quality is also pretty palpable. YouTube doesn’t reveal the resolution that it’s using for basic and standard quality videos, but standard quality looked pretty good on the 5-inch screen of a Redmi 3S Prime.

Rewatching the same clip on the full YouTube app, our best guess is that standard quality is 360p, while basic quality is 144p, though this is just a guess made by looking at the video under the various different settings and trying to guess what looks most like a match.

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Depending on how must storage you have on your phone, and how much data you want to use for the download, you’ll be able to choose what size you prefer; and as mentioned above, since the YouTube Go app does not default to any preference, you get to make an informed choice for every single video.

That might sound a little tedious, but there’s a distinct difference in the quality. Depending on what video you’re downloading, that’s something you’ll want to consider, particularly if you’re toting an entry-level device, as most of those have improved on most fronts, but storage remains pretty limited.

All in all, the YouTube Go app is a pretty good option for people who want to use less data, and don’t want the app to take up as much of a footprint on their devices. That being said, we do wish that you could see your subscriptions. Instead of playlists, the user of such an app might prefer to download the videos instead, but subscriptions would make it easier to find content you like.

With the YouTube Go app, discovery remains an issue – you can either browse through the videos which may (or more likely may not) match your interests, or rely on search entirely. Subscriptions on the YouTube app right now help you to find the content you like, and that would definitely be appreciated with YouTube Go as well.

YouTube Go on Google Play is available free.

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Tags: YouTube, Android Go, Share videos, Download YouTube, Youtube Go
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Happy Grasshopper Delivers Customized Email Followup

Happy Grasshopper Delivers Customized Email Followup

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


From instant automated responses to long-term keep-in-touch campaigns, Happy Grasshopper is an automated email marketing service that helps businesses convert more leads and generate more referrals easily.

Happy Grasshopper is an automated email marketing service that provides businesses and entrepreneurs with a way to automatically stay in touch with their contacts.

How? The company has a team of creative writers and an automated system. The writers create short, memorable emails that guarantee a response. You simply choose a new message every three weeks.

A Look at Happy Grasshopper

Custom Written Content

It is true that people only do business with those they know and trust. Happy Grasshopper therefore bridges this gap by offering your customers with emails optimized for response. All emails relate to your unique business needs and approach.

Database Automation

Besides offering you customized emails, Happy Grasshopper also gathers, organizes and cleans existing contacts so you are sure your emails are going to the right people. The platform also automates the capturing of new contacts.

The Fortune is in Follow-ups

Email follow-up is one of the highest ROI-producing tool and yet not so many business invest in it. That’s really a shame considering most businesses rely on their list of contacts for repeat business. Efficient and effective follow-up of inquiries and interested customers might definitely see you increase your sales.

Happy Grasshopper bridges this gap by providing fun follow-up emails that will keep your customers happy and thinking about your business every so often.

More so, as much as they send out fun and friendly emails, Happy Grasshopper also maintains a high-level of professionalism so you never have to worry about losing credibility due to a badly crafted email.

And while it is really difficult to foretell which of your customers is ready to buy, Happy Grasshopper makes it a little easier by sending monthly keep-in-touch messages that are designed for response.

Leads Conversion

Besides sending out emails, Happy Grasshopper also makes follow-up calls on your behalf. “It’s not about the click, it’s about the call’” says the company on its website. To be able to convert leads you need instant response, nurturing and strong positioning.

Pricing

Happy Grasshopper offers a variety of pricing plans. Are you running a small business and want to just try it out? Well, you need to try the Starter pack that goes for $59 per month and includes both Blast and Keep-in-Touch functionalities. If you seek much more features then you should choose either the Team pack that goes for $1,895 or $199 per month, the Pro pack that goes for $1,495 and $99 per month or the Elite pack going for $5,000 plus.

Conclusion

Many businesses miss out on business either due to high unsubscribe rates where people get tired of boring emails or because of lack of follow-up. Happy Grasshopper closes that gap and takes on the task giving you the time to concentrate on other aspects of your business.

Image: Happy Grasshopper

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Happy Grasshopper Delivers Customized Email Followup

Happy Grasshopper Delivers Customized Email Followup

Usefulness
Functionality
Price

Summary


From instant automated responses to long-term keep-in-touch campaigns, Happy Grasshopper is an automated email marketing service that helps businesses convert more leads and generate more referrals easily.

Happy Grasshopper is an automated email marketing service that provides businesses and entrepreneurs with a way to automatically stay in touch with their contacts.

How? The company has a team of creative writers and an automated system. The writers create short, memorable emails that guarantee a response. You simply choose a new message every three weeks.

A Look at Happy Grasshopper

Custom Written Content

It is true that people only do business with those they know and trust. Happy Grasshopper therefore bridges this gap by offering your customers with emails optimized for response. All emails relate to your unique business needs and approach.

Database Automation

Besides offering you customized emails, Happy Grasshopper also gathers, organizes and cleans existing contacts so you are sure your emails are going to the right people. The platform also automates the capturing of new contacts.

The Fortune is in Follow-ups

Email follow-up is one of the highest ROI-producing tool and yet not so many business invest in it. That’s really a shame considering most businesses rely on their list of contacts for repeat business. Efficient and effective follow-up of inquiries and interested customers might definitely see you increase your sales.

Happy Grasshopper bridges this gap by providing fun follow-up emails that will keep your customers happy and thinking about your business every so often.

More so, as much as they send out fun and friendly emails, Happy Grasshopper also maintains a high-level of professionalism so you never have to worry about losing credibility due to a badly crafted email.

And while it is really difficult to foretell which of your customers is ready to buy, Happy Grasshopper makes it a little easier by sending monthly keep-in-touch messages that are designed for response.

Leads Conversion

Besides sending out emails, Happy Grasshopper also makes follow-up calls on your behalf. “It’s not about the click, it’s about the call’” says the company on its website. To be able to convert leads you need instant response, nurturing and strong positioning.

Pricing

Happy Grasshopper offers a variety of pricing plans. Are you running a small business and want to just try it out? Well, you need to try the Starter pack that goes for $59 per month and includes both Blast and Keep-in-Touch functionalities. If you seek much more features then you should choose either the Team pack that goes for $1,895 or $199 per month, the Pro pack that goes for $1,495 and $99 per month or the Elite pack going for $5,000 plus.

Conclusion

Many businesses miss out on business either due to high unsubscribe rates where people get tired of boring emails or because of lack of follow-up. Happy Grasshopper closes that gap and takes on the task giving you the time to concentrate on other aspects of your business.

Image: Happy Grasshopper

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For First Time, Drone Delivers Package to US Residential Area

For First Time, Drone Delivers Package to US Residential Area

A drone has successfully delivered a package to a residential location in a small Nevada town in what its maker and the governor of the state said Friday was the first fully autonomous urban drone delivery in the US.

Flirtey CEO Matt Sweeney said the six-rotor drone flew about a half-mile along a pre-programmed delivery route on March 10 and lowered the package outside a vacant residence in an uninhabited area of Hawthorne, southeast of Reno.

The route was established using GPS. A pilot and visual observers were on standby during the flight but weren’t needed, Sweeney said.

He said the package included bottled water, food and a first-aid kit.

“Conducting the first drone delivery in an urban setting is a major achievement, taking us closer to the day that drones make regular deliveries to your front doorstep,” Sweeney said.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval congratulated the company “on successfully completing the nation’s first fully autonomous urban package delivery.”

“I am thrilled that Flirtey is not only testing its cutting-edge technology in Nevada, but also creating jobs through its headquarters relocation to Reno,” Sandoval said in a statement.

Nasa is working with the drone industry and the Federal Aviation Administration on a low-altitude air traffic control system to prevent crashes involving drones and other low-altitude aircraft.

Flirtey conducted the first FAA-approved, rural drone delivery in July to a rural health care clinic in Virginia.

The Nevada delivery demonstrates that advanced drone systems allow aerial vehicles to safely navigate around buildings and deliver packages with precision within a populated area, Sweeney said.

The company recently moved its headquarters from Australia to Nevada. It said the recent delivery was filmed for an upcoming ABC-TV documentary.

Hawthorne, a town of about 3,000 residents, is the home of the Hawthorne Army Depot.

Flirtey has been conducting research and development through a partnership with the Nevada Advanced Autonomous Systems Innovation Center at the University of Nevada, Reno. Nevada is one of six states the FAA has designated as unmanned aircraft systems test sites.

“This was by far one of the most successful (unmanned aircraft systems) operations we ran and represents an advanced level of test and development … by Flirtey,” said Chris Walach, director of operations for the FAA-designated Nevada site.

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Tags: Cameras, Drones, FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, Internet
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