YouTube can now stream 4K on any Android device

4K multimedia content is widely available today and YouTube is full of it, thanks also to 4K cameras in smartphones and mirrorless cameras. Now, the platform allows more people to watch 4K content, and YouTube for Android now streams 4K content, regardless of screen resolution.

Over the last day or so, YouTube for Android has widely deployed the ability to view content with up to 4K resolution if available, even if the screen doesn’t offer that resolution natively.

For the most part, smartphone screens are between 720p and 1440p, and YouTube previously limited the streaming resolution of a video to the screen resolution. Now, YouTube for Android streams video at up to 2160p on all screens. The Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 with their 1080p screens, for example, now have the ability to stream 4K videos to my devices and our tipster was able to see the same on their Pixel 4. Two Reddit son demonstrate that this function is developing strongly.

Of course, this does not change the actual screen resolution. YES you have a 1080p screen, you will still see content effectively at 1080p. despite this, streaming higher resolution content will make the content look a little sharper on this screen, although technically there are no differences in resolution. The difference will be harder to see on a small phone screen than on a computer, but it’s good that Google is offering users the option.

Screenshot of Pixel 5

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