YouTube gets a new logo and adds new features to mobile app

Tomas Mccoy
August 30, 2017

These features have been available for some users as YouTube has conducted extensive testing, but they're now rolling out across the globe.

New design: The header is now white to "let content take the lead", according to Google.

First and foremost, the YouTube desktop site and mobile app are being overhauled with the Material Design look that now pervades much of Google's software lineup, including Android and Search. Users will also find Account and Library tabs, as well as gesture for fast-forwarding and rewinding videos by 10-seconds. Among the perks of the new layout is the launch of a dark mode that makes nighttime viewing easier on the eyes.

If you've been watching, YouTube has been changing recently. That's all topped off by the redesign YouTube logo you see above. There's also adjustable speed playback on mobile.

The navigation tabs have also moved to the bottom of the app, so that they're closer to your thumbs.

Upcoming mobile features will include the ability to jump between previous and next videos by swiping; speeding up and slowing down videos; seamlessly changing the shape of the video to match vertical, square or horizontal formatting; and enhancing the ability to browse and discover while watching. This means you'll no longer get black bars at the side of vertical videos. "The updated logo and icon are rolling out across desktop and mobile starting today; before arriving on other apps and services". And in the coming months, users will be able to swipe directly to their next video, Tinder-style. The logo also has a new typeface and color scheme. Oh, and there's a new logo too - "a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and icon, creating a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices", apparently.

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