Google Seems to be Testing 480p and 1080p In YouTube for Android; Options Popping Up for Some Users
Version 5.7 of the YouTube Android app seems to have introduced the ability to select which quality level want to stream a video in. As long as the level is 720p or lower, the option is there. The options seem to have skipped from 360p to 720p, but there are some lucky users who have started to see the 480p option appear.
1080p has appeared as well, but for very few people. Google is testing these options, but the company isn’t yet ready to roll out the features to everyone. If you want to try this out, load up a YouTube video and then click on the gear icon to select which resolution you want to stream. If you read the comments of the source article we used for this piece, you’ll see some screenshots showing that people can choose between 144p, 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p and 1080p.
Folks with a Galaxy Note 3 seem privileged here for some reason. I’ve also heard people receiving YouTube updates lately, but not only for YouTube, for Maps and Google+ as well. Be sure to check them out for new features as well!