After months of testing, Google is rolling out big design changes to YouTube. Alongside full access to the new Material-inspired desktop UI (which includes an awesome new dark theme) for everyone, we’re also getting some love on the mobile side of things.
As per Google, here are all the changes you’ll notice once the update hits your phone:
- Clean new design: We’ve made the header white to let content take the lead and moved the navigation tabs to the bottom of the app so they’re closer to your thumbs. We also added new Library and Account tabs that give you easy access to what you’re looking for.
- Videos that move with you: One of the things we’re working on is bringing gestures to YouTube. Earlier this year, we introduced a gesture that allows you to double tap on the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds. Give it a try! We already see billions of double taps per day. And I wanted to give you a sneak peek at another gesture I am really excited about. In the coming months, we’ll experiment with a feature that lets you jump between videos with a simple swipe of your hand: just swipe left to watch a previous video or swipe right to watch the next one.
- Watch at your own pace: Users love that they are able to speed up and slow down the playback of a video on desktop, and we’re excited to bring this feature to the mobile app today, so you can enjoy videos at whatever speed you prefer.
- Adapt to any video, beautifully: We’ve also been experimenting with new ways to display all videos in the best possible way. 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’ll always get the best viewing experience automatically – including vertical videos with no black bars on the sides!
- Browse and discover while you watch: We recently added a feature that lets you view a row of suggested videos while you’re watching in full screen. We’re also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.
To top it all off, there’s a new logo. The age-old “Tube” inside of an actual cathode tube TV logo is getting ditched for one that prefers the iconic red YouTube playback button offset to the left.
YouTube says it just didn’t feel right to refer to age-old tech in such a manner considering YouTube is very much a contemporary — if not still ahead of its time — entertainment avenue. They probably won’t ever be able to ditch the word “Tube,” though, so this is probably as good as it’ll get. Be sure to stay on the lookout for the updates as they roll out in the days to come.