Hot on the heels of its update to Maps, Google has rolled out a new update to YouTube which brings a much needed video quality option to the table. The setting, which is only applicable while connected to Wi-Fi networks, is ushered in along with the obligatory “compatibility” and “accessibility” improvements.
This latest update brings the YouTube version number up to 2.2.0. The download is available on the App Store right now, and rings in at cellular network friendly 12.5 MB.
To use the new quality settings, you’ll need to tap the vertical elipsis button that appears near the upper right-hand corner of a playing video. Once your do, the video will dim, and you’ll be presented with a settings cog icon. Tapping the cog will invoke the quality menu, and from there you can select from several quality settings.
It’s also possible to continue using YouTube as is, and remain on the automatically adjusting quality settings, which is default.
It should be noted that popular jailbreak tweaks like YourTube and ProTube have been allowing this for some time now. It’s a step in the right direction for the YouTube app, but it would be nice to have these same settings be applicable when watching video over cellular connections.
What do you think? Are you happy to finally have quality settings available, even if it’s only available while on Wi-Fi?