YouTube has finally started rolling out 4K support for Android users. This means that the users can now stream videos in 2160p or 4K. Currently, Android users can stream up to 1080p or Full HD content because 1080p is the standard resolution on most smartphones. However, now Android users will have the option of watching videos in 2160p or 4K. Earlier, Google had set the resolution to 1440p for Android users even when the video was uploaded in 4k. The feature was already available on iOS.
As per XDADevelopers, Google is adding a new streaming option to YouTube on Android devices. The report states that the company had enabled the new streaming option via a server-side update. This means that phones that have support for 1080p or 720o can now watch videos in higher resolutions of up to 4K and HDR. iOS got HDR IN 2019 and 4K was rolled out with iOS 14.
Reddit user Liskowskyy posted a screenshot of the YouTube app with a 2160p streaming option regardless of the screen resolution. The new video resolution was spotted 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 also added that he can 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.
YouTube seems to have rolled out the new streaming option regardless of the screen resolution. For instance, if your phone has a 1080p screen, you will be getting the videos in 1080p only. However, if you select a higher resolution, the images will get better and sharper.
The Google Pixel devices including the Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 come with 1080p displays but now they can stream 4K videos. It is also important to note that to watch videos in 4K, users would require a good internet connection.