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Is there a 3rd party YouTube app that would be able to play HD videos for Android?

Everyone on Android knows that the YouTube app is poor.Poor quality streaming, 30 second ads for a 15 second video, and just generally a poor app. I was just wondering if there was a 3rd party app on the Market which would allow you to watch videos in HD? Obviously there's TubeMate but you have to download those videos to watch them in HD. I've also tried out FREEdi YouTube player, which is amazing when it comes to video quality as it plays videos in HD. But I think it's a new app as there's quite a few problems with it. Any other you guys could share? Thanks

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matt101101 / MOD  May. 5, 2013 at 14:35

The Android YT app does stream in HD, if your phone has an HD display. As for the adverts, install AdFree (or alternative) and you won't have to put up with them anymore.

AhmadCentral  May. 5, 2013 at 15:15

What phone do you have?
Do you know how to root a phone?

matt101101 / MOD  May. 5, 2013 at 16:44

Question: Do the new 1080p display phones stream YT in 1080p or 720p?

BEEPBEEP123  May. 5, 2013 at 22:24

I have an Orange San Diego, with a screen resolution of 600*1024. It's able to playback full HD. So you can only watch HD videos if you have an HD screen?
And in response to AhmadCentral's question, sadly, no. Never tried rooting as I fear I may brick it, like I did with my iPhone when I tried to jailbreak it

matt101101 / MOD  May. 5, 2013 at 22:55

I have an Orange San Diego, with a screen resolution of 600*1024. It's able to playback full HD. So you can only watch HD videos if you have an HD screen?
And in response to AhmadCentral's question, sadly, no. Never tried rooting as I fear I may brick it, like I did with my iPhone when I tried to jailbreak it

No HD (720p+) display, no HD YouTube videos. Your phone will be playing them in 480p, as that's YouTube's next step down from 720p. In HD YouTube videos look fine, though they wouldn't look any better than SD videos on the San Diego as it can't display an HD image.

AhmadCentral  May. 5, 2013 at 23:08

Matt is correct.

As far as i'm aware this is how it works at the moment.

3G- 480p (HQ)
Wi-Fi- 480p (HQ) or if you have a phone that supports HD video then it will be 720p (HD) or 1080p (HD)

There is a hacked app that run 720p/1080p(HD) video on both 3G and Wi-Fi but you need to be rooted to get this.

AhmadCentral  May. 5, 2013 at 23:09

Ah, i see the moderation has returned. *Grumble Grumble*

matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 00:46

Sorry, no idea why that happened. It's usually links that trigger it, not sure what it felt needed moderation this time though...

matt101101 / MOD  May. 6, 2013 at 00:55

As for YouTube, Ahmad seems to be correct. Your phone will stream video at the highest possible resolution the screen can display over Wi-Fi and up to 480p (HQ) on 3G/4G if you turn on HQ via mobile in the YT app's settings menu. If you don't, it'll stream in LQ over 3G/4G, I'm unsure if that's 360p or 240p; both look terrible.

BEEPBEEP123  May. 7, 2013 at 01:56

Cheers Matt and Ahmed

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