Since launching HDR support on YouTube last year, mobile users have been waiting for the green light to watch movies in HDR. Overnight it appears someone flicked a switch at YouTube, with a lot of reports coming in of HDR video support now being available.
Reports coming in from reddit, as well as our own testing shows that the LG V30, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/S8+, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and Google Pixel phones are all now showing HDR quality option when looking at compatible HDR content on YouTube. We’ve also checked in with owners of the HTC U11 and LG G6, however they are not showing HDR support as yet.
HDR videos look brigher and more colourful thanks to the higher range of information embedded in videos shot in HDR. There is surprisingly little content available in HDR though, but it’s around if you look.
The implementation of HDR support on phones isn’t going smoothly though, with only HDR options available now on videos and it seems to be a bit choppy at higher resolutions with framerate drops according to some reports (it played fine @ 1080P for me).
If you have a phone capable of HDR, it may be worthwhile checking to see if you have access to it yet.