YouTube has finally introduced 4K support for Android users. What this means that users will be able to stream videos in 2160p or 4K. As things stand now, Android users will be able to stream up to 1080p or Full HD content because 1080p is the standard resolution on most smartphones.
Now, however, Android users will have the option of watching videos in 2160p or 4K. Earlier, Google had preset the resolution to 1440p for Android users even when the video was uploaded in 4k. This feature was also available on iOS.
According to XDADevelopers, Google is also adding a new streaming option to YouTube on Android devices. The report goes on to state that the company had already enabled the new streaming option via a server-side update. What this means is that phones will have support for 1080p or 720o can now watch videos in higher resolutions of up to 4K and HDR. iOS also got the HDR back in 2019 and 4K was rolled out with iOS 14.
If we believe Reddit user Liskowskyy who posted a screenshot of the YouTube app with a 2160p streaming. This new video resolution was seen in different versions of the YouTube app on Android. A Reddit user pointed out, “YouTube is sending you the amount of data needed to stream 4k. As a result, the image will look sharper/have higher fidelity, even on a 1080 or 720p screen with a smaller resolution. Though it’s probably very hard to tell the difference on a small phone screen.”
He goes on to add that he can also spot the new streaming option on the high end as well as the budget phones. “Every phone I own seems to be having the same thing, it’s either a feature or a big ole bug. I can even play 1080p videos on my A01 which has a 720p screen,” he said.