Google Pixel 2 XL’s 18:9 Display Gets 'Zoom-to-Fill' Feature In YouTube

The 18:9 screen is now in trend and every OEM is making their phones bezel more thinner and more one-hand friendly. But sometimes these 18:9 screens doesn't play well with videos due to the weird aspect ratio. OEMs usually make small tweaks to Android to improve the experience. Google is no exception, YouTube now has a native way to adapt to that ratio for Google’s new flagship.

This feature is exclusive to the Pixel 2 XL, Google has added a way to let users adapt the video they are watching to better fit the aspect ratio on this device by pinching and zoom to adjust the video. The video is not pinched in or filled in by default, the video fits inside the screen, but you can do a zoom gesture to make it fill the entire screen. If you want to go back to the original fit, simply zoom out. You can see it in action below:

Unlike Samsung’s tweak for this 18:9 screens, which uses the OS to adjust the video, this feature is enabled directly into the YouTube app. All you have to do to adapt the video is use a pinch-to-zoom gesture either to view the video on the entire screen or to zoom out and see it in its native ratio

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