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YouTube for Android Adds Pinch-to-Zoom Feature for 18:9 Smartphones


YouTube for Android is finally getting ‘pinch-to-zoom’ feature which can help users fill the screen and remove the black bars at the edges. The new feature will also help fill the screen of smartphones sporting the all-new 18:9 (or 18.5:9) aspect ratio.

Android Police points out that YouTube for Android version 12.44 brings the much-anticipated ‘pinch-to-zoom’ feature to more Android smartphone. Previously, the feature was available to Pixel 2 XL users which could use ‘pinch-to-zoom’ with version 12.40 version.

Without the ‘pinch-to-zoom’ feature, Samsung Galaxy S8, LG V30, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 users were not able to watch YouTube videos covering the entire screen, as YouTube, like most other video streaming sites, offered content in a 16:9 aspect ratio. Earlier this month, YouTube for iOS received an update that added full-screen viewing support for the iPhone X.

For those who cannot wait for Google’s official rollout can download the YouTube for Android version v12.44.52 via APKMirror.