Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip is arguably the only foldable phone worth checking out right now, and a new YouTube feature shows why.
Samsung announced a collaboration with Google to make the YouTube app better for the phone’s clamshell form factor. You can now fold the phone halfway, set it down on a flat surface, and devote the entire upper half to the video. On the bottom half, you can search for other videos or write comments.
That’s a much better presentation than just cutting the screen in half at the folding point. Apparently, it’ll accommodate different common aspect ratios, too. Widescreen videos will look like the demonstration above, while square videos and vertical videos will fill up the top half of the screen.
They’re calling it Flex mode, by the way. According to Samsung’s press release, anyone who has a Galaxy Z Flip can get this flexible new version of YouTube starting Wednesday.
We don’t suspect there are a huge number of you given the $1,380 price tag. That said, our own Brenda Stolyar got to play with a Galaxy Z Flip back when it was still okay to go outside. She came away thinking it was a fun, versatile device that was preferable to other foldable phones out there. If Samsung can get the price down and keep adding exclusive features like this, foldable phones might just have a future.