Google emulates an HDR screen in Pixel for YouTube videos

Google emulates an HDR screen in Pixel for YouTube videos


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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