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YouTube for Android had been updated, and can now play HD videos on Gingerbread and Froyo (2.3 and 2.2) devices as well. While the feature is now there, only capable phone will be able to actually play videos in HD.

Many Android users are still using Gingerbread and Froyo, so this update should be relevant and welcome for a fair number of users. If you’re not sure whether you screen has the right resolution, the best option in this case will be to simply get the new YouTube update on your device and see if can stream HD videos.

Don’t confuse HQ (high quality) with HD. Even before this update, your phone was capable of showing YouTube videos in HQ. This new update will hopefully enable HD video streaming, which is quite different. The update should work on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy Note, HTC Rezound, Motorola Droid Razr and more (i.e., newer devices). If you can’t see the update on your device, you can head over to the Android Market and download it manually.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve managed to get HD streaming, and on which devices.

Source: Android Central

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  1. Bakha
    May 21, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I've got LG G2X with a freaking 1080p HDMI output but can't playback a youtube video in HD.

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  4. Philz03
    March 6, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Works on the Ac Ryan Veolo!

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    March 5, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Samsung GSII (Sprint Epic 4G Touch):
    "This app is incompatible with your Sprint Samsung SPH-D710."

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  6. Mobile application development
    March 5, 2012 at 7:13 am

    Better user experience is what all we mobile users desire. If it is a YouTube update then I guess we all want that and on HD, we say pour me some more! Well, this update available on capable phones is confusing. Please provide me the devices that are doubtful of getting this update even after the manual download from the app market.

    • Yaara
      March 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

       Unfortunately, Google did not provide an actual list of devices, so you're right, it's confusing. All I could do was read what people around were saying, and list the devices I could find where people made it work. Other than that, it's just trial and error. Install it and see if it works. If it doesn't, maybe wait for the next update.

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  7. Sportynumair
    March 5, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I have a Samsung Galaxy SII which supports FULL HD. However, i haven't seen any updates for youtube app. I installed it manual from the market again and i still cannot see any HD videos. Help please

    • Yaara
      March 9, 2012 at 4:16 pm

       I must say that I couldn't get it to work on my partner's Galaxy SII either. I'm really not sure why, as the phone should be capable. I guess it's one of those Google mysteries, as I did read that it works on the devices I mentioned in the post. Maybe the next update will make it work.