HDR playback going live for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users in latest YouTube app update

HDR playback going live for Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ users in latest YouTube app update


The latest update for the YouTube app (12.34.55) is enabling HDR playback on Galaxy S8 and S8+ devices worldwide.

 

The Galaxy S8 and S8+, as well as a handful of other HDR-certified handsets, recently tapped into Netflix’s expanding roster of HDR video content, but the latest YouTube app update seems to have a more limited scope.

 

After installing the latest update on our Galaxy S8/S8+ and LG G6 units, we discovered that the functionality is available only on Samsung’s phone. Playback at 1440p60 HDR is not perfectly smooth on either the S8 or S8+ at this point, but this will likely be ironed out in future updates.

 

If you own a Galaxy S8/S8+ and want to try it out, don’t forget to change the phone’s resolution to its highest setting of 1440p (in case you’ve brought it down to 1080p for some reason), and update the YouTube app to the latest version (12.34.55). Also keep in mind that HDR-enabled content cannot be cropped to fit S8's display at at this point, meaning that you'll have to put up with pillarboxing for now.

 

Of course, you’ll also need to find an HDR video to play on YouTube, as not any old video can do, so here’s the one we used for testing:


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