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YouTube for Android now allows you to choose video streaming quality, finally

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YouTube for Android now allows you to choose video streaming quality, finally
For a long, long time, Android users have desired a certain option to be added to the mobile YouTube app – the ability to select the streaming quality of the videos they watch. Up until now, however, Android fans could only opt to watch a given video in either HD/HQ or not (provided that the video clip in question is a high-definition/high-quality one, that is). Fortunately, this is about to become a thing of the past, as the most recent update for YouTube adds the craved option to choose video quality.

Strangely enough, this option has been around on the iOS counterpart of YouTube for some time now. It was high time to implement it to the Android version of YouTube, Google!

This update will bring your YouTube app to version 5.7 and will enable you to stream at 144p, 240p, 360p, 720p, and 1080p. Additionally, there is an "Auto" option, which chooses the best possible quality based on your current Internet connection. The streaming quality of the video playback can be adjusted from the Settings menu, which is in the upper right corner of the video you are watching.

As usual, the update will be rolling out in stages, so it may not hit your YouTube app right away. Oh, and by the way, we are still waiting for that nifty offline video playback that was promised back in November.

Download: YouTube (Android | iOS)

YouTube quality settings for video streaming

YouTube quality settings for video streaming


source: Android Central

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posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:17 14

1. sriuslywtf (Posts: 239; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)


Finally..

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:04 2

6. vincelongman (Posts: 1141; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Now they just need to add a floating window and a minimized mode so I can uninstall Viral

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:23 11

8. neops (Posts: 168; Member since: 28 Jan 2014)


They just have to make it play with the display off, because many times we want to hear without watching. Drains the batteries for no reason stupid goo

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:38 2

10. spin9 (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 May 2014)


YouTube app IS the project Loon

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:38

11. vincelongman (Posts: 1141; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Good point, but there's always gonna be people do dumb stuff like that and complain for no reason, but why let stupid people hold us back from better features?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:52

14. wilsong17 (Posts: 873; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Really you are super late will it kill you to do a Google searchhttp://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1529715

Here you go off screen now you can listen to whatever you want with the screen off

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 05:06 6

16. spin9 (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Not everyone wants to root

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 05:49 1

18. wilsong17 (Posts: 873; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


Genius you DON'T NEED ROOT did you read anything

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:14 5

22. spin9 (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 May 2014)


Is clearly stated on the top of that page:

"How I installed it:
** Remember: Your device must be capable of 1080p/720p video decoding and ROOTED, unless YouTube is not preinstalled as a system app!

• Removed /system/app/YouTube.apk".....

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 08:01

33. dr.c33 (Posts: 19; Member since: 31 May 2014)


As you mentioned, he is a genius. He's literate.... can't say the same about you.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:43

12. Kamehameha (Posts: 44; Member since: 21 Apr 2014)


Finally, I can stop using Tubemate because my internet goes slow after the """Fair Usage Policy""" data runs out..

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:18

2. aco96 (Posts: 192; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


I hate this app. I wish i could uninstall it :(

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:18 5

7. ihavenoname (Posts: 1376; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


What's wrong with it? Official, looks good, works well, nothing wrong IMO.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:01 2

20. aco96 (Posts: 192; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Ads are everywhere and you cant use it with locked screen :(

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:17

28. Shatter (Posts: 2021; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Adblock Plus can block ads without root.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 05:59

19. T.Law (Posts: 243; Member since: 10 May 2014)


You mean the one on wp?

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:18

3. GABIDEN (Posts: 26; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


And the next update will remove this feature. Because Google

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:40 1

5. aditya.k (Posts: 459; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


SuperTube all the way!

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 03:21 1

4. sip1995 (Posts: 804; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


I have this feature on my Windows Phone + offline support.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:34 1

9. livyatan (Posts: 691; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Long freaking overdue, Google!
And what on earth is that absurdity with serving iOS first ??
Smh

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:56

15. romeo1 (Posts: 226; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


They are testing on ios first so that if it isn't user friendly or people don't like it they know they won't do it on Android

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 17:52 1

31. JunitoNH (Posts: 882; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Maybe because they make more money from iOS, you think?

posted on 07 Jun 2014, 06:14

34. romeo1 (Posts: 226; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Dont think so there are allot more android phones than iphones. And google makes money by advertisements. The chance would be small that there are more views from ios users than android users

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 04:51 3

13. Bootutu (Posts: 184; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)


There's 1080p

http://blog.gsmarena.com/google-updates-youtube-app-android-resolution-options/

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 06:04 1

21. PeterK. (Posts: 91; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)


Thanks for pointing that out.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:02

23. spin9 (Posts: 46; Member since: 31 May 2014)


I admire that noble admission. Other editors after correcting they make half hidden ironic comments for the commentators that pointed out

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 05:45 1

17. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 91; Member since: 13 May 2014)


I have updated and it has 1080p option to choose ;-)

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 07:43

24. LikeMyself (Posts: 267; Member since: 23 Sep 2013)


360p or 480p for me. My internet sucks. Too many fluctuations in the speed!

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:10 1

25. Tuxedo_SNjr (Posts: 11; Member since: 01 May 2014)


MKBHD in the background :D

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 09:24

27. Bishop_99 (Posts: 63; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Even though 1080p on youtube looks pretty bad, it's better than having to use 720p on the youtube app. Baby steps, but a slightly improvement is better than nothing.

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 11:18 1

29. Shatter (Posts: 2021; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Phones can decode 4k video I don't see why google is still not allowing it...

posted on 05 Jun 2014, 16:20

30. zibbyzib2000 (Posts: 160; Member since: 18 Nov 2010)


So sad that iOS had this feature a long time ago on it's YouTube app and Google barely decided to add it on their Android counterpart.

posted on 06 Jun 2014, 02:30

32. ciprian.ruse (Posts: 91; Member since: 13 May 2014)


Maybe IOS had this feature because it doesn't have a 720p(HD) screen resolution or higher.

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