YouTube launches a mode for foldable smartphones like the Galaxy Z Flip


Galaxy Z Flip
Source: Tom's Guide

Samsung has officially presented the Galaxy Z Flip smartphone in February. It’s the second foldable phone from Samsung, which this time arrived with a compact new clamshell design. This model has been designed so that the contents are seen and used vertically, So a lot of apps should make some changes to take advantage of this design. Today, YouTube gets new optimization for the Galaxy Z Flip to takes advantage of this design, thanks to its new mode.

A New Experience for YouTube with Flex Mode

With Galaxy Z Flip’s unique folding system, you can set your Galaxy Z Flip on the table and watch your favorite YouTube channel hands-free. And now, this hands-free experience is taken up to the next level with Flex mode compatibility. When you enjoy YouTube with your Galaxy Z Flip hands-free, the display evenly splits into two 4-inch screens. While watching a video on the top half of the display, you can use the bottom half to search for other videos, read descriptions and write comments with no distractions.

According to Samsung, The Flex mode-optimized YouTube app also ensures that no matter what the aspect ratio of the video you are watching, you can view in comfort by adjusting the way the video fits in the top half of the screen. Square and vertical videos will nearly fill the entire space, while 16:9 videos will adjust to the center.

This update is due to a collaboration between Samsung and Google, as they have announced. This function is something exclusive for this phone. But, we expect that as more foldable phones with the same design come to the market, YouTube will also support them with this new mode.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specifications

  • Display: 6.7-inch FULL HD+ (2636 x 1080 pixels) 21.5:9 Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display, external/cover 1.1-inch (300 x 112 pixels) Super AMOLED display
  • SoC: Octa-Core Snapdragon 855 Plus 7nm Mobile Platform (1 x 2.95 GHz Kryo 485 + 3 x 2.41GHz Kryo 485 + 4x 1.78GHz Kryo 485) with Adreno 640 GPU
  • RAM/ROM: 8GB RAM with 256GB storage
  • SIM: One eSIM and one Nano SIM
  • Rear camera: 12MP (primary wide-angle) Super Speed dual pixel f/1.8 1.4μm Pixel Size + 12MP (ultra-wide) f/2.2 1.22μm Pixel Size; LED flash, HDR10+, OIS, Up to 8x digital zoom; Video: Up to 4K 60fps
  • Front camera: 10MP f/2.4
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro sensor, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor (digital, analog), Proximity sensor, RGB Light sensor, and Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), ANT+, USB Type-C, NFC, GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou; Enhanced 2X2 MIMO, 5CA, LTE Cat.16 Up to 1.0Gbps Download, LTE Cat.13 Up to 150Mbps Upload, Up to 1.0Gbps Download / Up to 150Mbps Upload
  • SIM: Nano-SIM + eSIM
  • Security: Samsung Knox, secure folder, facial recognition
  • Dimensions: Folded: 73.6 x 87.4 x 17.3 mm (Hinge) – 15.4mm (Sagging), Unfolded: 73.6 x 167.3 x 7.2 mm – 6.9mm (Screen); Weight: 183 grams
  • Battery: 3300mAh battery with 15w fast charging, 9w Qi wireless charging
  • Colors: Mirror Black, Mirror Purple, and Mirror Gold
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