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The YouTube app for Android limits your HDR

YouTube and HDR issues

The popular video platform owned by Google, YouTube, in which millions of users from different parts of the world spend many hours day after day, both viewers and content creators, It has introduced new features and this time not precisely to continue growing. If during the past month of September HDR videos could already be played on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and on its “older brother”, the Galaxy S8 +, now the news is aimed at taking a step back in the quality with which they would show videos to the possessors of terminals with more advanced characteristics.

It is true that although not all smartphones are compatible with this technology that allows viewing high-quality content, the truth is that they are equipped in addition to the Galaxy that we have just mentioned, the LG V30, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and even the Google Pixel 2. However, as a result of a series of errors reported by users around the world in the playback of videos with high resolution, such as 1440p in which the contained was played late, the well-known video portal has made the decision to limit, at least for now, the maximum playback resolution to achieve a good user experience above all.

Own company engineers are investigating the problem, as it would be a step backwards in order to evolve in the future not to offer this quality of resolution, although it is not yet confirmed if it is a problem on the part of the Youtube or that the smartphones of the different manufacturers would not be fully prepared for this technology, which would be a very strange case, insofar as it would not be a specific problem of some model, but of all of them, so almost sure the problem lies in the development of the app. Furthermore, this does not happen with Netflix, who has no problem displaying HDR videos up to 4K resolution. Now instead of being able to select much higher qualities, these options appear disabled when showing them to the user.