YouTube lists the smartphones you should be watching videos on

YouTube have just launched a brand new report which lists all of the best smartphones for watching YouTube and which ones will diminish your viewing experience.

YouTube have revealed their ‘YouTube Device Report’ which recommends the best devices for a high quality YouTube experience. It came out after Samsung unveiled their Note 9 phablet device which they said would be a ‘YouTube Signature Device’ for 2019. The Galaxy Note 9 currently tops the whole list.

Devices selected for the top of the list will support high quality streaming up to 4K, high frame rates, high dynamic range, next-generation codecs, reliable DRM performance as well as the ability to watch 360-degree footage. Google have said that they have worked personally with manufacturers to verify that each device meets or exceeds their performance expectations.

Google say: “These smartphones can deliver the best-in-class YouTube experience by combining next generation technologies, video performance, and reliability. With a signature device, you can enjoy vivid HDR videos, immersive 360° video, and fast video load times – all while using less bandwidth.”

Signature devices will need to live up to these qualities:

High dynamic range

With support for High Dynamic Range (HDR), you’ll see videos that are richer in detail, with true-to-life colors. HDR capabilities allow a phone to display greater contrast, so you can see details of a videos, whether that scene is shot in the dark, or bright light.

360° video

Immerse yourself in a new world with 360° videos, which have been recorded in all directions. Look up, down, or all around; with 360° videos you’re in control of the viewing experience, through on-screen controls or through a VR headset.

4K decoding

While some devices display 4K on their screens, 4K decoding ensures that you’ll see videos in high resolution and stunning clarity on VR, delivering riveting experiences.

High frame rate

Enjoy gaming, sports, and action videos without missing a beat. Support for high frame rate (anything greater than 60 frames per second) means you get super smooth video playback.

Next generation codecs

Watch high resolution videos on YouTube while using up to 30% less bandwidth. 2019 Signature Devices are built with hardware VP9 profile 2 decoding, an advanced video codec technology.

Digital rights management performance

From YouTube TV to rental movies, Signature Devices seamlessly stream premium content without disrupting your viewing experience.

Head of Social Media and Marketing, RouteNote

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