YouTube introduced the High Dynamic Range (HDR) support for its videos back in November last year, but the feature could not be seen due to the lack of compatible devices. Gradually, mobile manufacturers such as Samsung, Google, LG, and Sony followed the suit to make their smartphones HDR-compatible. Now after Netflix, YouTube is finally adding the support for HDR videos in its Android app for select smartphones. Besides, it has also brought the playback speed control on its mobile apps for Android and iOS platforms.
Google has started rolling out a YouTube update for a handful of smartphones that support HDR video playback technology – Google Pixel, LG V30, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, as reported by The Verge, which also managed to separately confirm this update with Google. But even before the official rollout happened, some Reddit users revealed in threads that they began to see HDR playback support inside the YouTube app on their HDR-compatible smartphones.
Initially, the Reddit threads mentioned only Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones – but later a few more users mentioned more devices in subsequent threads – Google Pixel, LG V30, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The inclusion of HDR videos in YouTube on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones was also reported by Sammobile late last week.