YouTube bundled together a bunch of big changes to its looks and feel in a release today. From design tweaks to features, both the desktop and mobile app got significant upgrades. Here is a quick glance of everything new.
A new logo that loses the emphasis on Tube and adds the now- iconic play button. Notice the new font and color.
For desktop users, YouTube has rolled out a new look that applies Google’s Material Design to the app. A new desktop design includes a Dark Theme, which turns the background dark while watching videos. Less red, more white space and extra room for video thumbnails. This has been included for a more ‘cinematic look’.
New Features on YouTube Mobile App –
New Design: YouTube has changed their header to white to let content take the lead and moved the navigation tabs to the bottom. YouTube has also added new library and Account tabs that permits the users to easily access to videos.
Gestures: YouTube is working on Gesture that allows the user to double tap the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds.
New Video display: YouTube is experimenting with new ways to display all videos Soon, the YouTube player will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you’re watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal. That means you will always get the best viewing experience automatically including vertical videos with no black bars on the sides.
The mobile app got Material design too, with a white space and no red banner on top. Along with a new mobile design, variable speed, a popular desktop feature, is now on mobile.
Finally, the mobile app is getting an adaptive player that can display vertical video without those annoying black bars. Sadly, it is not arriving today, at-least not for most users. This one gets a shout-out in the blog post but actually not live for everyone yet.