The most popular video platform, YouTube, is finally getting a makeover. The platform is also getting a brand-new logo and icon which is the first-ever change made to YouTube since its launch that is 12 years ago. The company had been testing material design-based changes for a long time and previewed the refreshed look back in May. Additionally, the company is also bringing some updates to the Android and iOS YouTube apps.
According to a blog post on the official YouTube blog, the company has detailed that these changes is rolling out in parts.The first major change rolling out for users is a redesigned YouTube app for mobile devices. The blog post is a compilation of all the changes that YouTube has been working on over last few months. The company stated that it will ‘bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across’ mobile and desktop layouts of the websites.The new YouTube app includes a clean design language, gestures that can move the video around along with the ability to perform functionalities like rewind or fast-forward. YouTube is also adding the ability to control the playback speed of videos for mobile app with this revamp. All the changes in the YouTube app may already be visible for some YouTube users as the company has been rolling out these updates for a few months now for a limited number of users.
The company is working on new ways where all videos will easily change their shape to match the video format which users are using to watch the video. This means that the videos will change between vertical, horizontal or square orientations, depending on how you are viewing the video to provide you with the best viewing experience without any need to adjust the phone. The company has also added a row of suggested videos while you are watching the video in full screen to ensure that you can discover the suggested videos without leaving the full screen mode.
Now, about the desktop version of YouTube, comes with a new logo. YouTube’s Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer, says that the new logo and icon have been designed for the multi-screen world and reflect a refreshed look. Users can see the brand-new logo and icon across web devices, while other apps and services will show the new logo and icon soon. Google’s YouTube says the new look applies Material Design, apart from delivering a fresh, simple, and intuitive user experience. With the new look, users will also get the new desktop Dark Theme, which turns the background dark for a more cinematic look. YouTube is also working on new way users can browse videos while watching a video.