YouTube has a new design, a new logo and an updated app

Mandy Carr
August 30, 2017

The desktop site is also getting a redesign, though, and it is rolling out to everyone around the world as of today.

The Material Design user interface for YouTube was first revealed over a year ago when it was being tested.

After twelve years of running with the same logo, Google owned YouTube has redeveloped the look of their logo by making several changes in the way it is laid out. This was already available but soon, Google says you'll also be able to swipe left and right between videos. Among the perks of the new layout is the launch of a dark mode that makes nighttime viewing easier on the eyes.

For those who enjoy YouTube on desktop, the ability to control the playback speed of your video is also coming to mobile - a boon for those who may want to crunch an hour-long lecture video into a 30-minute crash course.

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The app is getting a number of new features too, including a cleaner redesign, where the header is now white and the navigation tabs have been moved to the bottom. "The updated logo and icon are rolling out across desktop and mobile starting today; before arriving on other apps and services". An upcoming gesture will allow users to jump between videos with a single swipe.

Google said this about the new logo - "a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and icon - was created to be more flexible across devices of varying screen sizes". Their example here is that this feature will let you watch vertical videos without any black bars on the sides. We're also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.

The new mobile player "will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you're watching, such as vertical, square, or horizontal", YouTube Chief Product Officer Neal Mohan wrote in the blog post.

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