Google certifies the OnePlus Nord as a YouTube Signature Device
The YouTube Signature Devices program certifies those smartphones that, according to Google, deliver the best YouTube-viewing experience. This might not sound like much to you—after all, basically every Android smartphone comes pre-installed with YouTube and can play videos just fine, right? YouTube can stream certain videos in formats that aren’t supported on all smartphones, though, so many users may not be aware of how well their phone supports all the options on YouTube. Features like HDR video, 4K video decoding, 360° video, high frame rate playback, good DRM performance, and VP9 codec decoding are among the required features that YouTube Signature Devices must support. That list of devices now includes the new OnePlus Nord.
Getting a device added to the YouTube Signature Devices list isn’t a new feat for OnePlus. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro also meet the requirements, as do several of OnePlus’s older smartphones, including the OnePlus 7T, the OnePlus 7, the OnePlus 7 Pro, and the OnePlus 6T. The OnePlus Nord is the brand’s first mid-range device in years, though, so it’s nice to see that the company hasn’t cut corners when it comes to display certifications.
If you own a OnePlus Nord or are planning on buying one, you can be sure that your device will be capable of best-in-class multimedia consumption on YouTube and other video streaming platforms. Speaking of other platforms, Netflix also runs its own certification program before allowing devices to stream HD and/or HDR videos. Although Netflix currently doesn’t list the Nord on its list of devices that support HD and/or HDR video, the app’s Playback Specifications show that the Nord is capable of playing Full HD as well as HDR10 videos. Hopefully, Netflix will add the device to the list soon to reduce any confusion.