YouTube for Android only supported 720p playback until recently. The HD icon symbolized 720p HD, and even those with 1080p displays couldn’t crank up the resolution any higher. But with a fairly recent YouTube app update, selectable quality levels were finally included. You could select the actual resolution for playback. And soon after that, 1080p became an option.
But with the new LG G3 out, there’s a new display resolution in tow. The 2560×1440 resolution on the device bests the top quality available on YouTube for Android, despite some videos on the site being available in up to 4K quality. Luckily, YouTube for Android is now rolling out a feature to allow 1440p playback on mobile devices that support it.
In the next few months, we’re sure to see more and more WQHD devices released. This will make the feature useful to more and more people. It’s definitely great to be able to watch high quality YouTube videos at the proper resolution, though doing so on a mobile network is sure to result in huge hit to your data cap.