YouTube has released a list of phones it recommends for watching it on. And not one model of iPhone made the cut.
The YouTube Device Report recommends “signature devices” to use for watching YouTube. These include the Note 9, Google Pixel 2 XL, OnePlus 6 and HTC U12 Plus.
So why no iPhone? Apple’s handsets don’t support the VP9 codec, which was developed by Google and used by YouTube. That’s why anyone watching YouTube using the Safari web browser isn’t offered the option of watching in 4K.
What makes a “signature device”? They support 360-degree footage, HDR (high dynamic range), have a high frame rate, 4K decoding, next-gen codecs and reliable DRM (digital rights management) performance.
Perhaps the iPhone’s omission isn’t that surprising. YouTube is owned by Google, which also makes the Android operating system. And all of its recommended devices run Android. Coincidence? We’ll let you decide…