Android users with selected devices can now stream YouTube videos in 1440p. The new mode takes advantage of the super sharp Quad HD displays shipping on devices like the LG G3 and the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A.
This makes YouTube one of the first Android apps to properly support Quad HD displays. Given that it hasn’t been all that long since we finally received support for 1080p streaming on Android, that’s quite impressive (and somewhat surprising). But of course, not many will be able to enjoy it.
In order to stream 1440p video, you need a smartphone with a 1440p display — and there aren’t that many available right now. The first from a major manufacturer, of course, is LG’s new G3, but Samsung does offer a Quad HD version of the Galaxy S5 in Korea. Lenovo also announced its first Quad HD device, the Vibe Z2 Pro, just last week — but that’s exclusive to China for now.
Whether you really need 1440p streaming on a smartphone is a debate for the comments section below, but I feel most would argue 1080p (maybe even 720p?) video is plenty sharp enough for devices that are small enough to fit in your pocket.