YouTube unveiled a new venture to redesign their desktop website. They will give the website a cleaner look with new features. One exclusive addition is the ‘dark mode’ for nighttime entertainment.
Today, YouTube is taking the update out of beta, to make it available to the users. Additionally, the company will extend the design, add new features in the mobile app, and update a new logo. It is the biggest change that the logo has received over the years – the earlier improvements were minor.
As per Google, the new logo of YouTube is a cleaned up version of their wordmark and icon. It was designed to be flexible for all devices as the screen sizes vary. For small screens, you would only see the YouTube logo, and that would be like an abbreviated version to fit in. The updated icon will roll out across mobile and desktop before it arrives in other apps or services.
With the new ‘dark mode’ people will get a cinematic feel while using the website during the night. Sadly, this feature will not be available for people using the app on their mobiles. However, the app will have some new features as well. The app too will have a cleaner and redesigned look. The navigation tab has gone to the bottom, making it easier to reach, and the header is now in white. The big red header was gaudy and not that catchy at the first glance. The white one looks like a great enhancement. You would also see new ‘Account’ and ‘Library’ tabs for easier access to things that you need to search. The app will have playback controls and that can be helped with gestures.
YouTube had introduced a way to double tap earlier this year. You can tap it either on the left and right side of the video and then rewind or fast-forward the song by 10 seconds. The phone app will have another gesture pretty soon. We can then jump between videos by swiping our hand. You would swipe left to see the previous video and right for the next. This feature is preannounced and you won’t get it today.
The app will include the ability for speeding up and slowing down the playback of the videos. This is similar to what you can do on the desktop. The new player would change the shape to match the format of the video you watch. The feature was unveiled in summer. They also said that the rise in vertical video was one of the reasons to roll out an adaptive player.
One more feature that has newly launched shows suggested videos while you watch on full-screen. This is already added to the update. We are expected to get all the features by now, so the next website you open must be the revamped YouTube.