YouTube releases list of Signature Devices, includes Note 9 and 18 others

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YouTube has released a list of Signature Devices and according to that, the newly launched Galaxy Note 9 is a “YouTube Signature Device” for 2019. Not only Note 9, YouTube Device Report recommends a total of 19 devices with Note 9 having its spot at the top.

YouTube Signature Devices
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According to the report, the Signature Devices can deliver the best-in-class YouTube experience by combining latest technologies. Having one of these devices, an user can enjoy vivid HDR videos, immersive 360° video, and fast video load times – all while using less bandwidth.

Currently, the list includes a total of 19 devices, but shockingly, it doesn’t suggest an iPhone! This is how the list looks like –

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
  • HTC U12+
  • OnePlus 6
  • LGG7 ThinQ
  • Xiaomi Mi 8
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
  • Sony Xperia XZ2
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
  • Samsung Galaxy S9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
  • LG V30
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+

This is a brand new program that YouTube just launched and to qualify as a Signature Device, a smartphone must have the ability to deliver or support high dynamic range, high frame rate, reliable DRM performance, 4K decoding, and use next generation video codecs. YouTube has also provided a form for other companies interested in gaining a Signature Device certificate.

Also, the company said that before releasing the list, it was working with different smartphone manufacturers to test their flagship devices whether they meet the performance standards or not.

Apple fans may be feeling sad as the list of YouTube Signature Devices doesn’t include an iPhone, but this may be due to the fact that Apple doesn’t support the VP9 video codec (which Google has developed) and due to which Safari users don’t have the option to watch 4K videos and as per program requirements, a device must be capable of 4K decoding.