“We want to make the video experience great for people in all parts of the world.”
Whether it’s including the mood emoticons in status updates or launching the ‘live videos’ ability, Facebook never stops developing.
In fact, it is one social networking site which we all ‘like’ to use.
But for all frequent users, you’ll be happy to know that Facebook has been testing an exclusive program in India.
Made available since July 11, 2016, it enables users to download videos to watch offline.
An official email from the US tech giant, which announces the feature, states:
“In markets like India, mobile data and connectivity are limited, which can leave people with poor video experiences or no streaming ability at all.
“We want to make the video experience on Facebook great for people in all parts of the world.”
As such, Digital Trends suggests that these ‘data-centric options may help the social network expand as it looks to grow beyond developed countries’.
To avoid any privacy obstacles that may instigate a conflict with media providers, it is believed that Facebook has locked the ‘downloads’ option to its app.
This means that videos cannot be saved to a device’s library.
Nevertheless, users can sync videos to the Facebook App over Wi-Fi connection to be viewed offline.
Doesn’t it just keeps getting better?
This feature seems to be following the footsteps of YouTube, which announced its similar ‘Smart Offline’ video downloads program for India in June 2015.
In the same month, another Facebook project had been gaining a fast growth mainly in India and in some areas of Africa.
It is reported that ‘Facebook Lite’, an app created for users with slower networks, witnessed a ‘16-fold increase’ in Android app downloads in India, since its establishment in June 2015.
Facebook, founded in 2004, boasts a staggering 142 million members in India.
An estimated 133 million of them access the immensely popular social networking through their mobile phones.