YouTube has released a list of smartphones its recommends for the best streaming experience. These “Signature Devices,” the term used by the company, are said to offer best-in-class YouTube experiences across multiple aspects, including reliability and performance, and when viewing 360-degree content in addition to regular videos. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in at the top of the list, and there’s one surprising absence.
Though most smartphones can handle the YouTube app, the experience isn’t consistent across all devices. Some phones struggle to handle 360-degree videos, for example; others take a long time to load videos, and others aren’t capable of playing high dynamic range videos.
For hardcore YouTube users who demand the best quality, YouTube has simplified finding a device that offers the best experience via its Signature Devices list, which was updated today. The Galaxy Note 9 is now #1 on this list, boasting a generous screen size of 6.4-inches with support for 1440p resolution.
Other Samsung phones also dot the list, including the Galaxy S8, S8+, Note 8, S9, and S9+. Those handsets are joined by expected models, including the LG V30, Pixel 2 and 2 XL, Huawei Mate 10 Pro, OnePlus 6, and HTC U12+. Notably missing from the list is the iPhone X…in fact, YouTube doesn’t list a single iPhone as a Signature Device.
SOURCE: YouTube Device Report