Google emulates an HDR screen in Pixel for YouTube videos

Google emulates an HDR screen in Pixel for YouTube videos

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That your Google Pixel does not have HDR, but is this the latest news from your video portal? No problem: you develop your own rendering system and that's it.

Last week, YouTube added a new breakthrough in its race to bring the best video playback to all parties: HDR officially reached certain cell phones . There were not many surprises, all compatible smartphones are the latest batch and HDR. All? No, there was an irreducible couple who joined the party without being seemingly compatible: Google Pixel.

Neither the normal Pixel nor the Pixel XL have an HDR-compatible display, so in principle should not play back content with this image system . But this is not impossible for Google, because it took from the code a rendering system that the software adapts HDR content. Put another way: mobile phones without a HDR display can play HDR content. Magic.

Google Pixels are compatible with HDR using software

The Android Police asked Google how strange that cell phones without a specific hardware can play HDR content. Since Google is responsible for managing the YouTube platform, and since it can identify each device it connects, the company has developed a software decoding system so that owners of a Google Pixel can enjoy HDR.

According to Google.

We use a highly optimized software decoder and custom rendering system to extend support [del HDR] to Google Pixel. The next generation of hardware accelerated phones will be even better.

It is curious that a specific hardware requirement such as the HDR specification ( Dolby Vision or HDR 10 ) can be imitated by software and at Google's whim. Unfortunately, HDR software rendering is only compatible with the current Pixel . And it will improve Google Pixel futures, at least according to the clarification that the company leaves us.

If you have a Google Pixel, you can already see the HDR content of the YouTube mobile application. Also, if you have a Samsung Galaxy S8, Note 8 or Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

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