YouTube for Android gets Quad HD playback option

Flagship handsets are starting to get displays that push beyond the HD and Full HD resolutions that used to rule the roost. While many lower-end devices are still making do with resolutions below HD (1280x720px), most of the range-toppers now on sale feature displays offering Full HD (1920x1080px) resolution. 

But a new generation of flagships has now arrived, featuring Quad HD (2560x1440px) displays. Such devices are still few in number, and include the LG G3 and Samsung's Galaxy S5 LTE-A. But despite there being so few of these handsets on sale, YouTube is preparing for the future. 

As Android Central reports, Google has made changes to its YouTube app on Android, which now allows users to watch video at 1440p on handsets that support that resolution. Of course, the video itself will have to be available in that resolution as well, and with most videos on YouTube maxing out at 1080p, don't expect to be able to find too much Quad HD content on there for now. 

Keep in mind too that the higher resolution of such videos may eat up more of your data plan than you expect while streaming them to your device, so stick to Wi-Fi wherever possible if you're planning to watch a lot of 1440p content. 

Source: Android Central via TechRadar | image via Android Central

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Streaming media are getting way faster than printed media in evolution, im pretty sure that a 4k media will see the day but people buy slowly but surely less and less hard media. Wont happen as fast as music, but it is happening..

Majesticmerc said,
3840x2160 is Ultra HD.

1440p is Quad HD (not that it really needs a name).


Ahh, thanks for the clarification :)

Like many others, I think having such a high resolution is stupid on a small screen.

My personal opinion is that its stupid to have anything above 1920x1080. I mean AFAIK, no one is currently releasing any commercial movies on Blu-Ray above 1920x1080 (even so, do 4K media even fit on Blu-Ray with 128 GB space?) . Oh, and sourcing from 4K and downsampling it to 1920x1080 is not 4K. Does the Blu-Ray spec even support 4K?

So that leaves us with:

1: Desktop space
2: Games

I honestly see this taking off very slowly (if at all) like 3D.

Are you forgetting about streaming services? The whole article is about YouTube. NetFlix also supports it. Optical media is an aging technology IMO.

Xahid said,
LOL 1440p over a 5" Cell phone !
What a stupid idea ....
Something an iPhone user would say. Have you even used a smartphone with 1080p or 1440p display? Try it out before you say something like this. Forward progression of technology is better than being stuck with a 1136x640 resolution on a small screen.

Pupik said,
Not stupid if you connect your smartphone to your TV with an HDMI cable.
How does that help? Most TV's that are being sold today are 1080p, and we are just starting to see 4k...

tsupersonic said,
How does that help? Most TV's that are being sold today are 1080p, and we are just starting to see 4k...

4k content looks better than a 1080p content on a 1080p monitor. That's why I downsample games and watch 4k content on youtube when possible, even though my PC monitor is 1080p.

I agree. The next step in stupidity will probably be 4K-resolution (2160p) 5'' screens.
Will need binoculars to spot the invidual pixels. :-P

We need more people to boycott >FullHD resolutions on phone screens.
Better battery life is WAY MORE important.

Dot Catrix said,
I agree. The next step in stupidity will probably be 4K-resolution (2160p) 5'' screens.
Will need binoculars to spot the invidual pixels. :-P

We need more people to boycott >FullHD resolutions on phone screens.
Better battery life is WAY MORE important.

Although i agree with the sentiment, this will drive the push to get better battery performance which will eventually filter down to phones with less screen battery consumption.

Xahid said,
LOL 1440p over a 5" Cell phone !
What a stupid idea ....

Didn't people say that about 720p phones, but those became standard. Didn't people say the same thing about 1080p phones, those too became standard. now people are saying 1440p is stupid. I'm guessing, history is going to repeat itself...

Oshirowanen Yoshigawa said,

Didn't people say that about 720p phones, but those became standard. Didn't people say the same thing about 1080p phones, those too became standard. now people are saying 1440p is stupid. I'm guessing, history is going to repeat itself...


It's not the same thing. The difference between 720p and older screens (qHD, 320p and lower) was obvious.

It's the same as with TVs, when DVD came out, the difference to the VHS was obvious. When HD (720p) came out, the difference to DVD was noticeable. But FullHD vs HD? Not so much different. 4K? Overkill for most cases. And this is for TVs, where we speek about large diagonals.

Almost 4K resolution in a phone screen? Come on... that's laughable.

What we get now in phone screens is *VERY* diminished returns, to the point you can't distinguish between them (you cannot tell the difference between 1080p and 1440p without a magnifier, or without being as close as 5 cm from the phone screen).

Oshirowanen Yoshigawa said,

Didn't people say that about 720p phones, but those became standard. Didn't people say the same thing about 1080p phones, those too became standard. now people are saying 1440p is stupid. I'm guessing, history is going to repeat itself...

same with screen size, a certain famous person said 3.5" was the best size for a phone screen. now everyone knows he was wrong

Indeed! Can't honestly say such high resolutions on 5” screen matter that much to me, I would sooner have greater battery life.

I do love the 4K video recording on my phone, not that I have a screen capable of playing it back at its native resolution. However even played on a 1920x1200 screen it looks vastly sharper than 1080p video.

Steven P. said,
Crazy, some phones have better screens and resolution than my desktop LED screens! :s
Steven, your rich. Get those upgrades going! :-)

Steven P. said,
Crazy, some phones have better screens and resolution than my desktop LED screens! :s

Yes, yet pointless (higher price, more battery drain). Good luck observing a difference between 1080p and 1440p on a 5'' screen without a magnifier.

1440p is just an unjustifiable overkill on phone screens, so I'll try to avoid as much as I can such phones in the future to send the correct message to the "industry".

Dot Catrix said,

Yes, yet pointless (higher price, more battery drain). Good luck observing a difference between 1080p and 1440p on a 5'' screen without a magnifier.

1440p is just an unjustifiable overkill on phone screens, so I'll try to avoid as much as I can such phones in the future to send the correct message to the "industry".

Off topic, but your username is so similar to another members name here. Made me giggle a little!