While launching the Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Samsung revealed that the Note 9 was a YouTube signature device. The fact got everyone puzzled, with what is a ‘YouTube signature device’.

YouTube clarified everything as it released a new program, the YouTube signature program. The devices which are a part of this program are meant to deliver the ‘ best- in- class YouTube experience’ incorporating the next-gen technologies regarding video performance and reliability.

The users with any of the YouTube signature devices can enjoy immersive 360- videos and high-quality HDR playback along with reduced loading time, consuming less bandwidth in the process also.

The devices are selected after YouTube checks all the latest features it is offering and the devices that are compatible and support then gain the recognition.

In a statement, YouTUbe said that “ They’ve worked with manufacturers in order to verify the devices which meet or exceed their performance expectations. The Signature devices would be able to stream premium content, from YouTube TV to movie rentals, without disrupting the viewing experience.”

The devices which contain these features are eligible to be qualified as ‘YouTube signature devices’:

High- Dynamic Range: The high- dynamic range support enables any user to see videos with richer details and better true- to- life colours. Along with this, the HDR capabilities would allow any device to have great contrast, enabling better details in video playback.

360- degree videos: Either through on- screen or through any VR- headset, the device should deliver a seamless viewing experience.

4K decoding: The device should be able to decode and play 4K video, irrespective of the fact whether it has a 4K screen or not. It would help to improve clarity in VR.

High- frame rate: To give a smoother video playback, the device must support any framerate greater than 60fps.

Next-gen codecs: It would enable the users to watch videos in high resolution and reduce their bandwidth consumption. The current lineup of devices is built using hardware VP9 profile 2 decoding.

As of the time of writing this article, the following devices make it to the list


Galaxy Note 9, Galaxy S9/ S9+, Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8/ S8+


Sony Xperia XZ2, Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium, Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact


LG V30/ V30+


HTC U12+


Nokia 8 Sirocco


Mi Mix 2S, Mi8


Mate 10 Pro

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