YouTube always adds devices into its YouTube Signature devices list. But before that, what is YouTube Signature device list? Well, in order for YouTube to add a device into the YouTube Signature device list, the device has to pass a several tests.
First of all the device has to pass the High Dynamic Range (HDR) test. YouTube team will try to play the videos to see whether the HDR quality is good as it says. Next, they will also check does the smartphone supports 360-degree support and also 4K-decoding. Another test which will be carried out is the high-frame-rate, and Digital Right Management (DRM) as well as the next-generation codecs. Once the device supports all those evaluations only, YouTube will add the device into its Signature device list.
For this year, YouTube is adding the new Huawei P30 and P30 Pro into its Signature device list. This means these smartphones able to provide the best YouTube video experience. Other than these smartphones, YouTube has already added 32 devices into the list which are Huawei Mate 20, Mate 20 pro, Mate 20 X, Pixel 3 XL, Xperia XZ3 and Galaxy Note 9. However, Apple’s iPhone X or XS is not added to the list yet. Moreover, the new Samsung Galaxy S10 series also not included in the list. Other lists of the devices can be found here.
In conclusion, this is the first time YouTube adds the Huawei and Honor smartphone but it is not available in the United States yet. According to 9to5Google, the list will continue to grow as smartphone video experience increases.