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YouTube for Android gets 4K video playback even on HD screens

Android smartphone users can now play YouTube videos in 4K at 60 fps with HDR, even though their phones have lower resolution screens. The feature has been released on the server side, so you can now check if it is available without having to update the application. The function has been available on iOS since the end of last year.

Some people may think that the benefits of this feature would be only for those who use a phone with a 4K display or external monitors, but that is not quite how it works.

Even if you can’t get the most out of the resolution offered, users will still be able to get a better quality of reproduction due to the higher bitrate, even on HD screens. In practice, the most detailed will be able to perceive sharper images and with a better range of colors.

It is worth mentioning that streaming in 4K will end up downloading files in larger sizes, which may not represent a big advantage if you are using mobile data, for example.

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