This week, YouTube released the new enhanced version of Full HD (1080p) videos for Android phones. The function is exclusive to Premium version subscribers and promises higher bit rate than traditional 1080p resolution. In practice, this should ensure even sharper and well-lit videos.
Google first launched this new option on the iPhone (iOS), and later on the web version of YouTube. The 1080p Premium mode, according to the platform, is indicated for videos with a high level of detail and in motion, for example.
YouTube’s new 1080p Premium resolution is now available on Android.
The change was noticed by users, who reported the change on social networks. Still according to YouTube, the “improved bitrate provides more information per pixel, resulting in a higher quality viewing experience”. But there are restrictions: the format is not available in live streams, Shorts or in videos with resolution higher or lower than 1080p.
How to use the new 1080p Premium mode
To utilize the new 1080p Premium mode, users need to be a YouTube Premium subscriber. The service has a monthly cost of BRL 24.90 (Individual plan) or BRL 41.90 (Family plan). The annual Individual plan costs R$ 249. Students can still pay R$ 13.90 for the subscription, while all plans offer a month to try them out.
It is worth considering that Google announced a price increase this month for the YouTube Premium no Brazil. Until then, the value of the Individual plan was R$ 20.90, while the Family cost R$ 34.90. The new values, mentioned above, should start to be applied on September 17th.
If you are a subscriber, just access a video, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner, select the “Quality” option and choose “Automatic”. The new format should appear at the top of the list. Not all videos are compatible, however, which also depends on the quality in which they were recorded and published..