YouTube is now receiving an update to take advantage of Flex mode, making the Android app as foldable as Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip smartphone.

ScreenRant, By John Finn

© Samsung | YouTube Now Bends Just Like Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip Foldable Phone

YouTube has been updated to better take advantage of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip’s unique design. While good news for current owners, it does further highlight one of the issues facing smartphone consumers that might be considering a foldable phone as their next purchase.
The Galaxy Z Flip is one of the latest smartphones to come from Samsung. Announced in February, it is a little different to most other Samsung (and Android) phones, due to the display's ability to fold. One of the issues with this greatly altered state is that some apps are not going to work quite as well as they should or do on other phones. However, that's not the case with YouTube thanks to the latest update.
In a blog posting, Samsung confirmed it has worked with YouTube to make this Flex mode update available. The Galaxy Z Flip allows users to half-fold the display, making it better for times when the phone is laid flat on a surface as the display remains visible to the user. When in this mode now, the YouTube app will automatically adjust to both sections of the folded phone. Essentially, turning the display into two separate 4-inch screens where one can be used for watching, and one for checking YouTube comments.
Although foldable phones are not commonplace yet, many companies are starting to either release or develop them. Which would suggest that they are going to, at the very least, be more often hitting store shelves and picked up by buyers? While that’s good for the companies, it might not be so good for the consumer, and non-optimized software experience is one of the prime reasons why.
Whenever a foldable phone is released, the focus is always on the actual hardware design, including how vulnerable it is to breaking. However, the software experience is just as important, and as devices evolve to be used in different ways, the software has to evolve as well. The problem here is not all app developers will be so keen to quickly work on updates to cater to a specific section of the phone market - until it becomes busier. What’s more, as foldable phones bend and adjust differently to each other, this can result in developers having to factor in multiple different changes to cater to all of the foldable phones, equally.
Of course, with Samsung and YouTube, it is not surprising the two have partnered to make this update happen as they are both major names and share common goals. What's more, this particular feature is likely to come to other foldable phones in due course, as other brands do have the option of adding Flex mode to their products. However, it does perfectly highlight how changing the design requires changing the software as well and while the hardware remains ahead in the innovation, buyers are going to have to compromise in places. That is while waiting on companies like Samsung and YouTube to help the software to catch up.

This article was originally published by ScreenRant. 
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