Ever since the LG G6 was unveiled with a rather unusual display screen that houses an 18:9 aspect ratio as opposed to the usual 16:9, many other companies have taken down this path, including a number of midrange and budget smartphone specialists from China.
With this change in design, it also meant that developers of apps and content creators had to make changes to the way they do things in order to embrace this new design. The YouTube app is one such application that is leading the way in embracing this change, which started with v12.40 that rolled out close to a month ago.
In the previous update, the YouTube app came in with a nifty change that allowed users to pinch to zoom in order to expand the video in question so that it fits the entire 18:9 display screen. Most videos are designed with the traditional 16:9 display screens in mind, which leaves black bars on all four sides of the display when watching a video on YouTube in fullscreen mode using an 18:9 display.
Unfortunately, this pinch-to-zoom gesture was only live for those using the Google Pixel 2 XL, a phone that also comes with an 18:9 aspect ratio. However, in the latest YouTube 44, all users of devices with 18:9 display screens will now be able to take advantage of this gesture to better enjoy videos in fullscreen mode.
So, whether you are using a Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, LG G6, LG V30 or even the LG Q6, you can watch YouTube videos without any of those distractions. The update is already live in the Google Play Store but if your area hasn’t received the new version yet, feel free to grab the APK version via the APK Mirror.