At 12, Google is giving its online video service YouTube, a series of changes that include a new refreshing look and features as well as a new logo on mobile and desktop.
The YouTube mobile app, which is getting a bunch of new features like a new clean interface with white header and navigation tabs now moved to the bottom, plus new library and account tabs for easy access.
Other new features:
Joining existing gestures that allow to double tap on the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds, Google is experimenting a new gesture feature that provide the ability to “swipe left to watch a previous video” or “swipe right to watch the next one.”
A desktop feature ‘watch at your own pace’ that allow users to speed up and slow down video playback is finally now available on mobile, too.
Adapt to any video, beautifully: We’ve also been experimenting with new ways to display all videos in the best possible way.
Soon, YouTube player will automatically adapt to the video format you’re watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal — “with no black bars on the sides on vertical videos.”
While in full screen, you can now browse and discover videos through a new feature which shows a row of suggested videos to watch next. Google notes, it’s transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.
Beyond the YouTube app, a fresh and intutive desktop design that applies Material Design to YouTube is also available around the globe. The new look adapted a new Dark Theme, which turns the background dark while you watch for a more cinematic look.
Last but certainly not least, this update sundae is a brand new logo and icon, which is designed to work on multi-screens—say, when on a smartphone, the brightened up icon can be use as an abbreviated logo, which will be seen more easily and read more clearly,” explains google.
Watch this video demonstrating the new Watch Next feature: