Essential Phone now supports YouTube's zoom-to-fill feature

Essential Phone now supports YouTube's zoom-to-fill feature
YouTube's zoom-to-fill feature available on its Android app is designed for those phones carrying an aspect ratio higher than the 16:9 seen on older phones. Videos shot for 16:9 screens end up with black bars on the top and bottom (at least in landscape orientation) on the taller displays. Using zoom-to-fill, the video is pushed out to fill the edges replacing the black bars.

One phone with a larger than 16:9 aspect ratio that had yet to support YouTube's solution was the Essential Phone. With a resolution of 1312 x 2560 (or 19:10), those watching 16:9 videos from YouTube on the device had to deal with the bars. Note we used the past tense. That's because today, the zoom-to-fill feature appeared on most Essential Phones. Again, not all units received the update, but quite a few found that they had to uninstall the YouTube app, install it again, and clear the cache before the feature appeared.

Now that Google has started pushing out this feature for Essential Phone users, allowing them to stream 16:9 YouTube videos without having to face the ignominy of having to deal with twin black bars, we have just one question for the search giant. Where is the Dark Theme for YouTube that you promised to Android users?

source: Reddit

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  • Display 5.7" 1312 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3040 mAh



1. OneLove123

Posts: 1194; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

It's about time!

2. Travyhil

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 17, 2018

This phone really is like a fine wine... Keeps getting better with age

3. andynaija

Posts: 1262; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

That's a good analogy, now if PA can go back and revise their review, it would be nice too.

6. ullokey

Posts: 179; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Its these early reviews that pretty much screwed up the Phone's sales.

4. matistight

Posts: 997; Member since: May 13, 2009

Still can't do 1440p though cause it technically isn't, I wish it could!

5. Chris_ABN

Posts: 194; Member since: May 16, 2018

A feature that's standard on my S9 Plus.

7. davthom123

Posts: 121; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

At this point might as well re-name this phone pixel mini

8. yobolegend

Posts: 53; Member since: Sep 14, 2016

nice one. yup i agree Phonearena to update review of PH-1

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