Although we’re approaching the end of the day here on the Eastern seaboard of the US, Google Update Wednesday still continues strong. Earlier today, we talked about rather substantial updates to Chrome Remote Desktop, Google Hangouts, and Google Translate.
Now, we’ve got one more update to share, and that’s YouTube 5.7. The last time we saw a YouTube update was version 5.6.36 in the middle of last month. Today’s update brings us up to version 5.7.36, and it packs one very important feature: user-selectable streaming resolution. As pointed out by XDA Forum Member RedInuYasha, this is something that the iOS version of the app has had for quite some time.
For the last several years, ever since HD resolution support was added to YouTube, web users have been able to select the exact streaming resolution for their videos. Unfortunately, however, mobile users only had the option to enable or disable HQ/HD. But with this update, the HD/HQ button has been removed, and instead it has been replaced with a cog wheel that once clicked, allows users to select their streaming resolution manually. Just like the webapp, the YouTube 5.7 defaults to “Auto.” But if you’re feeling brave about your bandwidth and monthly data quota, you can now manually stream in HD goodness as long as you’d like. Unfortunately, though, several highly anticipated features such as background audio are still apparently on the backburner.
As always, this update is gradually making its way out to consumer devices via Google Play Store. But of course, not every device will get the update in the initial wave. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and mirrored the update on our Dev-Host account for your early access, sideloading pleasure.
[Many thanks to XDA Portal Supporter MihirGosai for the tip!]_________
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