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YouTube Videos with HDR Are Now Streamable on the Galaxy S8, LG V30, and Google Pixels

Google said last year that HDR content was becoming available for streaming on its YouTube video sharing platform. Not many devices were supported at that time to let users actually watch the content, but now Google has confirmed support for high dynamic range content is rolling out to folks with a Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Note 8, LG V30, Google Pixel or Pixel XL, or the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Those on Reddit first began noticing the support being rolled out to their devices, while SamMobile also shared the news on their site. And yes, while the S8, Note 8, V30, and Xperia XZ Premium were all introduced with HDR support, it’s probably taking users by surprise that the Pixel and Pixel XL also support high dynamic range content. No one was really aware of this spec surrounding the devices’ displays so this could mean more HDR content for Pixel owners is on its way, potentially even coming out of places like Netflix who recently added the V30 and Note 8 to its list of supported HDR devices.

As is the case with most Google updates, this rollout of HDR support is rather spotty so you may have to wait a little bit for the change to occur on your own device. Of course, if you spot it in the YouTube app, let us know.


Max Buondonno is a technology enthusiast who has been working as a journalist in this industry for more than two years. He has grown up in the age where everyone has a smartphone which has influenced his decision to become a professional technology writer, his passion in life. He's dipped his toes in the development of websites, while you can ask him anything about Apple, Google, or Microsoft and he's bound to give you an answer. He's reachable on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, and email.

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