Finally you can appreciate HDR playback through YouTube on a mobile device. Almost a year after support was added, HDR videos on YouTube are streaming on three Samsung phones. It appears an update was issued to the app on the back-end.
Multiple owners of the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, and Galaxy Note 8 in different countries are saying their devices can now stream HDR video at up to 1080p resolution and 60 frames per second. Getting there isn’t automatic, though. While the software update silently shows up, you have to go into YouTube’s settings and change the video quality yourself.
Other phones with HDR-ready displays, like the LG G6 and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium, aren’t yet supported.
Since it’s Google’s app, HDR playback on YouTube will be ready for new devices as the company sees fit.