Giving in to the massive adoption of smartphones to shoot videos, Google’s Youtube has now added the ability to watch vertical videos in full screen on Android smartphones. Also Read - YouTube begins testing offline video downloads feature for desktop: How to enable
This means that from now on, watching those amateur handheld videos on YouTube gets much better. Many novice videographers out there use their smartphones portrait mode to capture video and upload them on YouTube without much thought towards viewing displeasure. Not shooting in landscape, makes those videos appear in a small vertical screen, and even when you flip your phone, it still shows up in the portrait format, with lots of black space left wasted. Also Read - YouTube to soon introduce a new gesture for you to easily scrub through videos
Now however, when you chose vertical mode, Android Police reports that the video will take up the entire screen for better viewing. The video will blow up into true full-screen with vertical orientation of your smartphone. Also Read - YouTube gets over 10 billion downloads on Google Play store
Google has been fighting against portrait videos for long. For example, whenever you try to shoot vertically with its Camera app, it pushes a pop up asking you to rotate your phone.
However, vertical videos are here to stay. According to KPCB’s Mary Meeker’s Internet Trends Report for 2015, videos will account for 55 percent of mobile Internet traffic. According to her, time spent on vertical displays in the US will account for 29% of total video viewing in the US, which is significantly up 5 percent in 2010. Considering how smartphones have become the primary devices for not just capturing videos but also viewing content and the advent of services like Snapchat, it isn’t surprising to see vertical videos becoming the norm.
Full screen vertical mode on Youtube comes with version 10.28 of the YouTube Android app (download via APK Mirror if it’s not yet available for you in the Play Store). We can expect an updated iOS app soon.