YouTube launched the High dynamic Range (HDR) maintenance for its videos last year but the attribute could not be seen due to paucity of compatible devices. Moderately mobile manufacturers like Samsung, Google, LG and Sony followed the suit to make their smartphones HDR compatible. Succeeding Netflix, YouTube is eventually appending support for HDR videos in its Android app for select smartphones. In addition it has also got the playback speed control on its mobile apps for Android and iOS platforms.

Google has started demonstrating a YouTube update for a few smartphones that support HDR video playback technology. Google Pixel, LG V30, Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S8+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium have also managed different verification of this update with Google. But even prior to official roll out some Reddit users disclosed in threads that they viewed HDR playback support inside the YouTube app on their HDR-compatible smartphones.

Originally the Reddit threads declared Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 smartphones but later a few more users disclosed additional devices in succeeding threads – Google Pixel, LG V30, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. The incorporation of HDR videos in YouTube on Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones was reported by Sammobile.

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The novel HDR updates displays options for 60fps videos up to a maximum resolution of 1440p (2K). However, the video playback at this frame rate and resolution came along with jitters and frame drops. The videos are not operating in full screen mode. There is a dearth of other options except the HDR at 1440p60 quality and incandescence set to the fullest in landscape mode. This could be a symptom that HDR playback feature may take some time to steadily roll out on select devices with an assurance from Google that it will arrive to more smartphones.