YouTube Releases List Of Best Smartphones As Signature Devices For 2019 + Why iPhones Did Not Make The Cut

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The YouTube Device Report is a new program rolled out by the Google-owned company to certify devices which it calls the “Signature Devices” as the best for watching YouTube videos.

Among the certified devices include the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Note 8, S8, S8 Plus, S9, S9 Plus, Xperia XZ2, Xperia XZ2 Compact, Xperia XZ2 Premium, Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Mix 2S, OnePlus 6, Nokia 8 Sirocco, LG G7 ThinQ, LG V30, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, HTC U12+, and the Google Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL.

According to the website, “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.”

Let’s take a look at the features and what they really entail.

High Dynamic Range videos

Devices with HDR video plays videos that are richer in detail, with true-to-life colours. HDR capabilities allow a phone to display greater contrast, so you can see details of a video, whether that scene is shot in the dark, or bright light.

360° video

360° videos are recorded in all angles. Users are able to 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

DRM gives right owners the protection of their digital content from unauthorized redistribution thus YouTube certified the aforementioned smartphones for supporting such course.


Why iPhone did not make the cut.

One could easily notice the loud silence of Apple’s iPhones especially the iPhone X. Apple doesn’t support the VP9 video codec – which Google developed, which is why Safari users don’t have the option to watch footage in 4K. However, smartphone manufacturers who want their devices to be listed have been the chance to submit them for testing through this link.