Back in May, YouTube introduced a redesigned desktop website with an optional Dark Mode for nighttime watching and today, the company is finally taking it out of beta by making it available to all users, in addition to introducing a updated logo and icon, as well as a completely redesigned mobile app for iOS and Android with a bunch of new features.
“Designed for our multi-screen world, the updated Logo combines a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and Icon, says Google. On smaller screens, YouTube can use just the icon alone to abbreviate its logo, while still making it easy to spot. Meanwhile, the desktop redesign introduced in May is now the default instead of an opt-in beta.
The redesigned YouTube app is getting a handful of new features as well, which include the following:
- Clean new design: We’ve made the header white to let content take the lead and moved the navigation tabs to the bottom of the app so they’re closer to your thumbs.
- Videos that move with you: In the coming months, we’ll experiment with a feature that lets 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.
- Watch at your own pace: Users love that they are able to speed up and slow down the playback of a video on desktop, and we’re excited to bring this feature to the mobile app today, so you can enjoy videos at whatever speed you prefer.
- Adapt to any video, beautifully: Soon, the YouTube player will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you’re watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal. That means you’ll always get the best viewing experience automatically – including vertical videos with no black bars on the sides!
- Browse and discover while you watch: We recently added a feature that lets you view a row of suggested videos while you’re watching in full screen. We’re also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.
The changes to the logo, mobile app, and desktop site will begin rolling out today. In the meantime, check out the embedded video.