The Huawei P30, P30 Pro, and Honor View20 are the latest YouTube Signature devices

The Huawei P30, P30 Pro, and Honor View20 are the latest YouTube Signature devices

Every smartphone maker claims that their smartphones offer the best video-watching experience. But Google offers you an easy way to verify which devices are best equipped to let you enjoy videos on YouTube. Last year, it launched a website listing all the YouTube Signature smartphones and listed a score of leading devices from brands like Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi, Huawei, and many others. It has been adding more phone to the list and now three more smartphones have joined this inventory of devices which offer the “best-in-class” viewing experience on YouTube.

The devices now being added this list include the Huawei P30, P30 Pro, and the Honor View20. With this addition, the total number of smartphones listed on the YouTube Device Report portal increases to 32. As per the webpage, Signature Devices allow users to enjoy vivid HDR videos and 360° videos besides reducing the loading time without pressing upon the available bandwidth. In order to meet the criteria of a YouTube Signature Device, a smartphone must support six technologies, namely HDR, 360° video, 4K decoding, high frame rate, the VP9 codec, and DRM performance.


To verify if your device meets the some or all of the requirements, you can head over to the Features description page on the YouTube Device Report website and play the examples listed under each feature description. YouTube says it invites all makers of all eligible devices to collaborate and have these devices verified after a series of rigorous testing. It notes the following details about the requirements that these Signature Devices must meet:

  • HDR: Videos have richer details, true-to-life colors, and greater contrast.
  • 360° video: Offers immersive 360° experience through on-screen controls or a VR headset.
  • 4K decoding: Shows videos in high resolution and stunning clarity on VR, even when the display does not support 4K videos.
  • High frame rate: Allows users to watch action-packed videos without missing a beat. It also allows for framerates higher than 60fps for a super-smooth playback
  • Next generation video codecs: VP9 profile 2 decoding allows consumption of up to 30% less bandwidth without any compromise in quality.
  • Digital rights management performance: DRM supports allows seamless streaming of premium content without any disrupting.

Source: YouTube Device Report

Note: Huawei has stopped providing official bootloader unlock codes for its devices. Therefore, the bootloaders of their devices cannot be unlocked, which means that users cannot root or install custom ROMs.

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Tushar Mehta
Tushar Mehta

I am a Senior Editor at XDA. I have been reviewing gadgets for over five years and gained experience by working for prominent tech publications in India before joining XDA. I enjoy fiddling with all smart objects and my love for software customization dates back to the Symbian S60 days. I like to devote my spare time idealizing the romantic union of technology and philosophy or spacing out on Pink Floyd. You may email me at [email protected]

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