YouTube Signature Devices are here. After looking through the details, it’s clear that these phones are optimized to handle all forms of premium video.
The best part is that you don’t have to run out and purchase a new phone. More than 15 phones are listed on the YouTube Device Report. Aside from their names, screen sizes, video resolutions, and release dates are shown. Based on the rundown, the phones are in chronological order.
Here are the YouTube Signature Devices confirmed so far:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Sony Xperia Xz2 Premium
- HTC U12 Plus
- OnePlus 6
- LG G7
- Xiaomi Mi 8
- Sony Xperia XZ2
- Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
- Nokia 8 Sirocco
- Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Google Pixel 2
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Huawei Mate 10 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- LG V30
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- Samsung Galaxy S8+
The iPhone didn’t make the cut. Is that surprising? Not at all, especially since Google can at least work with Android partners to ensure YouTube works perfectly for their hardware. So you should expect to see nothing but additional Android devices get added to the YouTube Device Report in the future.
Google didn’t make a formal announcement, but the program was introduced this week and there are already a number of high-end phones enrolled. The description for eligibility involves 360-degree video, 4K decoding, DRM performance, HDR, high frame rate, and next-generation codecs.
During Samsung’s recent Unpacked event, the Galaxy Note 9 was mentioned as a YouTube Signature Device. That’s also the first time anyone heard about the program.
We’ll see how quickly Google adds to the list. If anything, we know the Pixel 3 will be joining soon.
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