YouTube today brought a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences and even changed its logo for the first time in 12 years.
Designed for the 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, said YouTube.
The YouTube mobile app has become cleaner wherein navigation tabs has been moved to the bottom of the app so that they are closer to your thumbs. New Library and Account tabs are also added which will you easy access to what you’re looking for.
The company has been working on to bring gestures to YouTube and earlier this year, introduced a gesture that allows you to double tap on the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds in the app. In the coming months, YouTube plans to roll out a feature that will let you jump between videos with a simple swipe of your hand -- just swipe left to watch a previous video or swipe right to watch the next one.
Users can now watch videos at whatever speed they prefer and YouTube is also being experimenting with new ways to display all videos in the best possible way. Soon, the YouTube player will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you are watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal.
Looking beyond the YouTube app, the company has also rolled out a new desktop design. The new look is based on Material Design and delivers a fresh, simple and intuitive user experience. A new feature of this new desktop design is Dark Theme, which turns the background dark while you watch for a more cinematic look.
When YouTube was launched 12 years back, it was a single website that supported one video format, 320x240 at 4:3 aspect ratio. But now the streaming website lets you watch any combination of SD, HD, 4K, 360, 3-D, and live video on nearly every device with an internet connection -- from desktops to phones, tablets to TVs, game consoles, and even VR headsets.