YouTube update brings all new card UI and in-app video minimizing [NEW vs OLD]


Straight out of left field, Google is dropping an all new YouTube version 5.0 into the Play Store. It’s been awhile since we last saw an update to the official YouTube app and the latest update (rolling out now), brings, not only a new card-like UI and improved navigation menu, but enhanced features like PIP.

YouTube new vs old

(New YouTube 5.0 top, old YouTube bottom)

First up is the navigation menu which is accessible by swiping from the left edge of your display. The menu is now populated with quick access to uploads, history, favorites, and playlists (without having to select your profile first). Below those, you’ll find the familiar subscribed YouTube channels.

Easily the biggest new feature is the addition of the picture-in-picture viewing option for any video currently being viewed within the app. Simply swipe a video down (or click a check mark in the upper left corner) to minimize said video into the corner and continue browsing YouTube. The minimized video can also be swiped to the left to quickly close it. While we would have liked to have seen this option system-wide (outside of the YouTube app), at least it’s a start.

Of course, the usual bug fixes and system enhancements also apply and like always, this update is being pushed out in stages. So, don’t freak out if you can’t update just yet — it’ll arrive soon enough. Can’t. Stop. Minimizing.

[YouTube on Google Play]

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  • metalspy8

    awesome about time.looks like iphone users already had something similar??

    • Marsg

      Lol YouTube on iPhone looks almost the same as on Android cept its a lot cleaner and easier to navigate on Android

    • OptimusKLP

      Not at all sir.

  • metalspy8

    about time but i think ios users already had something similar

  • metalspy8

    joto stop taking my stuff off

  • SkyPira

    lol kpop

  • supremekizzle

    Chris Chavez, I predicted that android 5.0 KLP will follow Google now design. Further proving my theory is Google updating core apps to reflect this design. Bet.

    • Chris Chavez

      I agree. I think Holo will be a lot brighter, whiter, and more card-like. Everything is already heading that way. KLP should be an interesting update (I think a lot of people might find themselves turned-off at the new UI direction).

      • OptimusKLP

        I think it looks great, personally. More cards UI!

        • Kurt

          Cards as in webOS cards or…?

          • OptimusKLP

            No I mean Google’s cards, like the ones they have implemented in Currents, G+ etc.

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    Hey Google, how about giving us the ability to watch (listen to) videos with the screen turned off? PLEASE!?!?! Apparently, they’ve never heard of ASMR :P

    • simpleas

      wished the official version had that as well, you can get a version that does that and more at XDA

    • CryptoNoel

      I remember when we were able to do this. I used to do it when I had my Sensation

  • phoenix_fire

    2ne1!! ^_^

    • Chris Chavez

      CL is my favorite. O_o

      • phoenix_fire

        cl is pretty awesome, but my favorite is bom. i’m a little bit annoyed though that cl has been getting a lot of focus lately at the expense of the other members.

      • remister

        You wanna be Asian.

  • Cory Skelton

    Wow Google is really into this cards-style UI. I wonder how long it will stick around. It’s not bad, but I’d prefer something better, but obviously this look will be around a few years at least. Meh.

    On a side note I was watching YouTube on my phone as my boyfriend was on his PS3 and suddenly it was showing me how to throw videos to the TV…that is one very cool feature, feel stupid for just discovering it though.

    • PhineasJW

      Well, it’s hard to impress everyone! Maybe you should tell Google the better idea you have in mind. :)

      • phertiker

        She can still have an opinion, chuckles.

    • No_Nickname90

      I like the card style. It has a minimal-like design, yet it doesn’t give minimal information like actual minimal designed things.

      Also the different colors give it more flavor then grays. Though I don’t mind gray, but only for minimal stuff.

  • Delmar

    finally picture in picture ….another sick feature !!

  • Mike D

    So now I can see fewer videos on the screen at the same time when in a list (ie What to watch), which means more scrolling.
    Comments still aren’t threaded properly, nor are there top comments still.
    The small video screen might be useful if it would work anywhere outside of YouTube.
    It now takes multiple actions to stop a video entirely.
    Tablet mode on 7″ feels too squished.

    Can’t stop minimising indeed.

    • Mike D

      No rotate to full screen either.

      This UI sucks. It makes things harder.

  • jfelts

    Is there a trick to getting the update? My S3 won’t see it.

  • Kurt

    Is there a way to get rid of ads? For YouTube in iOS, Cydia has a tweak to accomplish this. Any way in Android?

  • dreamkiller

    Download for youtube update is now available, to download it visit

  • No_Nickname90

    THANK THE HEAVENS!! Oh my gosh!! I can easily get to my history. I HATE having to click through so much stuff. Anything to make my life simpler. LoL!!

    Now if I can only get the “Play Next” option back in Google Music, I think I’ll be content for a while. LoL!!

  • Cesar Ortiz

    I’m impressed in the overall changes to this application, the minimizing feature runs smooth

  • Len Waugh

    love the changes but am i the only one whos screen starts flckering out when a video is minimized? if anyone knows a work around help a bro out. :-)