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Vertical YouTube videos now play in fullscreen, but only on Android

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How it used to be... (Image credit: AndroidPolice)

We may never be able to stop people recording vertical videos, but Google has at least made watching them a little more bearable on its YouTube Android app.

Now when you play a YouTube video that was recorded vertically, it will display in full-screen.

Previously, vertical videos always displayed with black bars either side of the footage, regardless of which way you had your phone positioned.

As of YouTube 10.28, videos will play as intended when you’re holding a handset in its vertical position.

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Unfortunately it’s still not clear whether the change will be coming to iOS any time soon.

Do you think Google enabling vertical video to play back natively will encourage the bad recording habit amongst its users? Let us know in the comments.

Now all you need is a phone to play videos on, so check our our handset group test video below:

Jonathan Morris

July 22, 2015, 3:28 pm

As someone who has accidentally filmed the wrong way because I tilted the phone slightly before pressing record, this is a good thing!

But NOBODY should see this as a green light to deliberately record vertical videos. Not even if Apple decides tomorrow that it's the future of video recording or something.

PGrGr

July 22, 2015, 4:22 pm

Far more insane than that is the fact that videos cannot be rotated or edited at all in Google Photos (or Google+ Photos) before that, despite the fact that the technology behind it is clearly the same as Youtube, which does allow rotation.

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