Praise the Google! YouTube for Android will finally run vertical vids full screen

Praise the Google! YouTube for Android will finally run vertical vids full screen
We don't know if it's Apple's iPhone popularity as a take-anywhere camera to blame, or people simply don't care, but there's hardly been a more annoying trend in this digital age than vertical videos. The smallish iPhones before the 6 and 6 Plus were so conducive to hold and operate with one hand, that the majority of amateur video was shot in portrait mode; it just doesn't dawn on people to turn the phone around, or grab it with two hands. 

Still, amateur video is oftentimes the best for virals worldwide, though we just can't help but cringe every time we open the familiar thin and tall footage rectangle, flanked by two thick black strips on the side in YouTube. 

No more, said Google, and took the matter in its geeky hands, realizing that people won't change, but have to be worked around. The latest YouTube app for Android (v 10.28) will show vertical videos in full screen, instead of confining the tiny imagery as an awkward strip surrounded by blank spaces. The YouTube app update should hit your handset any minute, but if you are mighty impatient, and can't wait for Google to upload it to the Play Store, hit the source link below to download it.

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19 Comments

1. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Good it will be easier to see the girls in the twerking videos.

3. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's the only positive I see in this... There are too many tools that film in portrait mode. Landscape mode is the only way to video. Pictures can be done either way but video needs to be landscape mode. Plus only girls film in portrait mode. lol +1

11. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Using 1 hand to hold a wide/big phone in portrait/vertical mode is easier(comfortable/grap firmly) than in landscape mode (camera at your eye level :)

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Ummm... Use your one hand (the same hand that is holding the phone portrait/vertical mode) & just tilt it to a landscape mode and whala you are now filming in landscape mode... Holy crap it's just as easy. SMH

14. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Don't listen to me but testing this.. - open any app than can show info. of your sensors (Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass, etc.) - try both position at your eye level (don't hold your breath) Which position is easier, comfortable to hold with less effort to stable those sensors? . BTW take it easy bro :)

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I am not mad or upset. I take GREAT pictures & videos with my Google Nexus 6 in Landscape mode. My phone has a HUGE 5.9" 1440p screen and at concerts or sporting events, while jumping I can snap excellent landscape pictures because of it's OIS. Videos are a dream because of OIS. If you do something long enough it gets easier. You are just not used to using your phone in Landscape mode. If you keep at it, it will become second nature. Then it will not be uncomfortable to you. I bet I can take just a good photo as you in Landscape mode while you use Portrait mode. I am a 6 foot guy with average hands. The Nexus 6 was huge at first, but you learn how to hold it properly & use it with one hand basically in day or 2. Perfect example, my younger brother went from an iPhone 5 to a Galaxy Note 4. He said it was unwieldy but after 3+ days it became second nature. He only takes pictures & videos in Landscape mode. He does it with one hand, why because he stuck with it & now he looks at his old iPhone & can't believe how small it is. Practice makes perfect. It's not uncomfortable at all.

19. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Solid.. :) . Beauty is in the eye of beholder. (Comfortable also is in the hand of the holder except the one who said that someone holding something wrong!!! RIP) . BTW most phone today don't have OIS. Peace :-)

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

No need to praise Google for something so simple and late.

6. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

That's what I was thinking. This is long overdue.

4. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

No Google don't encourage these dumbasses

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

hahahahahahahahahaha! So true, are people so lazy that they can't turn their phones to a landscape orientation in order to film. So let me guess they take their Samsung, Sony & LG HDTV's and flip them to portrait modes so they can watch their phone videos on their TV's. lololololololololololololololol +1

10. My1cent

Posts: 370; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Using 1 hand to hold a wide/big phone in portrait/vertical mode is easier(comfortable/grap firmly) than in landscape mode (camera at your eye level :)

5. AChackes

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

should we all just turn our computer monitors sideways too?

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I think we need to. +1 lol

9. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

A similar update for the web player for PC should be done as well, so the video player window will be vertical instead of horizontal. Also they should design the camera to just film landscape by default, regardless of orientation of the phone, and only allow portrait for that via settings, or at least allow a setting that allows you to toggle.

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

I think there is an app called horizon or something like that which force the camera to take landscape videos even if your phone was on portrait. But yeah they should make it as an option on smartphones with the main camera app.

13. exran

Posts: 61; Member since: May 02, 2015

This title is a rip off of a reddit post. "Praise the Google" doesn't even make sense though

16. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Maybe it will be good for watching a video taken from recorded smartphone screen . Especially for apps and games videos which will make it better to see how the app will perform in your screen.(you know an app review or when you see a video from the developer).

17. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

So, the iPhone already run vertical vids?

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