Google has been testing a cleaner revamped version of YouTube and now it is rolling out worldwide. There are changes for the desktop version as well as the app version of Android and IOS. The new material design also comes with a new evolved logo that has changed first time after 12 years.
Starting off with the new desktop look, Neal Mohan, Product Officer, said in a blog post, “Our new look applies Material Design to YouTube and delivers a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience that lets content shine – because there’s nothing more important than the creators and videos we all love to watch.” And we agree. There are just two sections now. One on the left is a small side menu that will handle categories and favorites and all. While the large part of the screen will focus on content. Also, the material design does away with all other colors and now white color dominates the header as well as the background. This allows for less distraction. And there is a Dark Theme too this time around.
The mobile app has been evolving day to day. The most noticeable change recently was the positioning of the navigation tab at the bottom as well as an in-app chatting and sharing system that was long overdue. The material design from the desktop transitions to the mobile app too making for a white header. Much of the new features aren’t yet baked in but are on the way, says Mohan. A new gesture that will arrive in the future will allow users to jump to a previous or next video with just a swipe gesture. Playback speed control is already baked into the app now so users can choose different speeds of playback. Another interesting feature which hasn’t yet arrived is videos adapting to the format users are watching it.
And lastly, the icon also now reflects the material design which is adopted widely into the app. Mohan says. ” Designed for our multi-screen world, the updated Logo combines a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and Icon, creating a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens.”