In our latest smartphone review, looking at the AT&T version of the LG G3, we lamented the lack of good options for quad HD content; the G3’s got this fantastically high-resolution display, but it can be a real pain to track down any content that takes full advantage of all those extra pixels. Just a couple months back, though, we saw real progress being made towards improving the state of high-res media on our phones, as a YouTube update started giving users the ability to manually select from HD resolutions, including 720p and 1080p. Now, that’s finally extending up into the 2K space as the app begins presenting G3 owners with the option for 1440p quality.
YouTube’s been giving content creators the ability to upload higher-than-1080p videos for a while now, and viewing options to watch in both 2160p and 1440p came to the web version of the service late last year (above). With these new server-side changes to the Android app, G3 owners are now able to select that same 1440p resolution on their phones, and put their hardware to full use. And while the G3 may be the most visible example of a device benefiting from this move, 2K-res tablets are similarly seeing the new option arrive.
The selection of videos available in such resolution is still limited, but with smartphones capable of shooting 4K video arriving a bit faster than those able to display 1080p+ content, the situation is bound to improve.
Source: Droid Life