YouTube on the web has long provided users with the option to choose video streaming quality. Its capable of automatically choosing what it believes to be the correct quality based on the connection’s speed but users can do so manually as well. Interestingly this option hasn’t been available on the YouTube for Android application, while it has been present on the iOS counterpart for quite some time now. With the latest app update YouTube users on Android finally get the option to choose streaming quality.
Prior to this update users were only given two options, they could watch a video in either HQ or HD, provided that the video was available in high-quality and high-definition. There were no other options so users were limited to these two.
The updated YouTube for Android app carries version number 5.7 and brings these much awaited options. Users can now choose if they want to stream a video in 144p, 240p, 360p, 720p as well as 1080p full HD. An “Auto” option has also been added through which the app judges the best possible streaming quality based on the connection.
To access these options all users have to do is tap on the Settings icons that’s available in the upper right corner when a video starts streaming. The app is live now for download from the Google Play Store.
Other improvements in the update include YouTube Mix automatic playlists for music videos, share and like playlists, ability to delete own comment as well as to see if a comment was shared publicly or privately.