YouTube’s HDR playback now available on Android

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Credit: https://thenextweb.com/google/2017/09/08/1075297/#.tnw_9E7S05Js

So YouTube has finally added its exciting HDR playback feature to Android—and that’s according to TNW. The feature is currently still only available to select devices, but it shouldn’t take long before it goes round.

YouTube’s HDR playback feature only works with compatible devices including Google Pixel, LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Samsung Note8, and Samsung S8. The list will continue to grow as Google has promised to add the feature to more compatible devices soon.

The feature offers support for HDR playback at up to 1080p resolution and 60 fps when you are manually changing the quality of the video you are watching.

Besides having a device that is compatible with HDR playback, you also need to update the YouTube app to the latest version on the Play Store.

Last November YouTube announced the addition of High Dynamic Range [HDR] video support. The update was all about colors; and for those not familiar with what HDR is, it is similar to HDR photography.

HDR videos have higher contrast, revealing precise, detailed shadows and stunning highlights with more clarity than ever. Support for wide color gamut means colors are more vibrant. Simply put, HDR unlocks the most spectacular image quality we’ve ever streamed,” YouTube said in a blog post at the time.

With HDR, you will be able to see more vibrant colors as well as make of the image in darker, shadowy scenes. This is made possible by the fact that it offers improved picture quality with higher contrast. The technology is pretty new, and is not available to a wider audience. As a matter of fact, only a handful of users with supported devices will be able to use it.

Google said it worked with the DaVinci Resolve team to make HDR video upload as simple as SDR video upload. For creators who want to invest on HD content, YouTube announced at the time that it was making HDR recording gear available in its Spaces in L.A. and New York.

In 2015, YouTube began rolling out new features and updates that gradually phased out some unsupported devices as well as older Apple TV. The company notes that some devices made on or before 2012 will find out some app specially made by YouTube would no longer be compatible with their devices. This is based on a change in YouTube’s Data API, which it says opens it up to features like comments, flagging videos, captions, and RSS push notifications.

Devices that have so far been identified as falling under this category include older Blu-ray disc players from Sony and Panasonic, Google TV devices running version 3 or 4, game consoles that lack support for Adobe Flash or HTML5, along with iOS devices running anything less than iOS 7.

Earlier in the week, Netflix followed up with the promise it made a couple of months ago when it rolled out support for HDR content streaming on a few Android handsets.

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