Testing of the feature is set to begin from July 11, before rolling out to the rest of the users
Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) is reported to be working on an offline video option that would allow users in India to download and save videos for viewing later, in a bid to conserve data and tackle abysmal Internet connections.
Facebook sent an email to select publishers on the platform stating that users would be able to download videos when browsing on an Internet connection that is good enough, and they would be able to watch them later without incurring extra data charges or having to face hurdles like little or no connectivity. Facebook also mentioned in the email sent to publishers that in a country like India, people suffer from having to use their services on slow connections that are often responsible for issues with streaming on the platform. This offline video feature would seek to address those issues by allowing users to download them on a device when connected to a faster connection.
That is not to say that Facebook is enabling an option to download its videos to the device storage; the offline video content would be saved to the Facebook app, which would also help to prevent privacy. It is important to note the difference here between downloading the videos and saving them; in this feature, videos on Facebook would be streamed when on a proper connection and made ready to view later without an active connection. No files or data would be saved to the device.
This is another feature from Facebook that hopes to address Internet issues in emerging markets, especially where connections are slow and users are option to use the services on mobile. Facebook Lite and Free Basics were services also aimed at improving the experience for the same users, and the video saving feature in India is another one in the series.