YouTube gets new logo and major UI redesign, both on desktop and mobile
YouTube has tweaked its design, both for website and mobile app, to make the interface more user-appealing. To start with, the refurbished version brings in a renovated logo, giving more weightage to the video-play icon (if you remember, earlier the ‘Tube’ part of YouTube was covered in red).
Coming to YouTube’s Material Design, the company has experimented variations over the time, to deliver a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience. Going by its standards, the desktop client has received a fresher and cleaner look.
Now, a lesser red and more white look portrays in the overall picture. For those tired of reds and whites, you can now switch to the newly added dark theme and relish a cinematic effect.
Lets jump to what all new features have been incorporated to the client’s mobile app.
With the update, the navigation bars are now visible on all pages (except for Watch). To simplify the options, Library and Accounts have parted ways. While ‘Library’ now displays options like playlists, history, and uploads, Account and Settings can be accessed through profile icon at the right upper corner.
Also, the speed control feature for videos, earlier available on desktop, has now been added to the mobile app as well. So now you can speed up or slow down the playback and enjoy video watching at a speed of your preference even on mobile.
As most of you may agree, we are more used to portrait view while operating a mobile. The company is currently experimenting new ways to display videos, and very soon the vertical video view – designed for the way you watch – will get to be a part of the mobile app.
Not to miss, the black bars, earlier seen on the sides while viewing videos vertically will also be gone. The company is also working on improving video-browsing experience. Down the line, YouTube will also be testing a feature to jump between videos by swiping to left for previous video and swipe to right for the next one.
All on all, the service has received a big update, and the company has got even bigger plans in basket. However, we’ll have to wait to see what it unveils this fall. Some of you might have to wait to get hands on the above mentioned features until the update reaches your device, as the design is already available on iOS and has started rolling out to Android.
Desktop users can manually access the new layout by heading to https://www.youtube.com/new.