YouTube is rolling out to HDR support to select mobiles, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6

However, reviews on this new update are not quite positive. In a Reddit thread, users who have updated YouTube have complained about stuttering videos


YouTube has rolled out its High Dynamic Range (HDR) feature to select mobiles.

YouTube is rolling out to HDR support to select mobiles, including the Samsung Galaxy S8 and LG G6

YouTube brings HDR support to mobile devices. Reuters.

This feature, which was rolled out, last year in HDR television sets, has now come to Android mobile phones. An update has not been seen in iOS yet.

Android phones for which the rollout has been made are the Google Pixel, Xperia XZ Premium, Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Galaxy Note 8 and the LG V30.

However, reviews on this new update are not quite positive. In a Reddit thread, users who have updated YouTube have complained about stuttering videos and of no longer having the full screen mode option. Rather, it directly moves to landscape mode. Another complained about no option of returning to previous resolutions, which was an option provided at the bottom right corner of the video.

Moreover, some claim that the new feature blocks the option of adjusting the brightness level, which often drains battery life.

Meanwhile, a YouTube spokesperson, who wrote to Digital Trends in an e-mail said, “We’ll continue working with partners in mobile industry to bring HDR playback to more devices.”

HDR videos support a wider gamut of colours as compared to regular videos. The shadows contain more details and the colours pop out more. The overall image appears more vibrant. Overall, the picture is meant to be a more accurate representation of what the human eye can see.

This facility is available through the latest Chromecast Ultra, or natively in the new range of Samsung SUHD or UHD devices.

Meanwhile, with an aim to provide great video quality while using less bandwidth, global video streaming service Netflix will soon support HDR technology on mobile devices. "Starting with the LG G6 phones that support both Dolby Vision and HDR 10 streams, Netflix would be supporting HDR on mobile devices," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings had told a gathering during a session at Mobile World Congress (MWC) this year.

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