Google and YouTube are making some major design changes for both its mobile and desktop apps. However, the biggest change of all is an all new logo for the online video service. As you can see above, the logo ditches the red color inside the “Tube” part of the name, and places the now familiar play icon to the left side of the YouTube name. Google says the change allows the YouTube logo to work better “across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens”.
Along with the revamped logo, Google is now rolling out new design features that were previously available to a limited number of users for testing purposes. The desktop app will now officially have a look based on Material Design, and will include access to a dark theme, which should make videos pop out more.
The mobile app is also rolling out new features that have been previously reported to be in testing, including a new bottom navigation bar. The update will also allow videos to fill the screen, even if the clip is formatted horizontally, vertically, or in a square shape. Users of the mobile YouTube app will also be able to speed up or slow down the playback of a video with this new update, as they already can on the desktop.
Recent YouTube mobile updates have added features such as the ability to quickly go back or go forward 10 seconds in a clip by double tapping on the video. Today, Google announced that in a future update, it will add support for quickly switching between videos. Swiping left will let users go back to their previous video, and swiping right will let them go to the next clip. There’s no word yet on when this update will be released.
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