YouTube made some significant changes to the way it looks this week, rolling out a new logo and design (for both mobile and desktop) and adding a few new features.
Here's a rundown.
The first thing you'll notice: the logo.
The signature red play button now stands on its own and the "YouTube" font was tweaked. And on small screens, it can be shortened to just the red play portion.
That cleaner look carries over to the design of YouTube itself, where you'll see more white space and a red that pops a bit more. Here's a screengrab of the desktop look:
Desktop also has a new dark mode:
Mobile does not have the dark theme at this point, but did get the base refresh:
The new look follows Google's Material Design style, which guides the company's look and feel.
New features – some now, some for the future
YouTube also added some new ways to watch videos.
For instance, the playback speed option – where you can watch videos slower or faster – is now available on mobile, not just desktop.
The double-tap gesture to rewind or fast forward 10 seconds at a time has been used billions of times, Google says, and they're going to start experimenting in the coming months with swiping gestures to move from video to video.
Another new feature on the horizon: no black bars. The YouTube app will soon automatically adapt to whatever size and dimensions the video is, eliminating those big black bars. (It's not available for most people yet, though.) Here's an example from YouTube's explanation video:
There are more navigation options as well – you'll probably notice the row of links pop up at the bottom of fullscreen videos, for example.
"We know this is a lot of change, but we want to make clear that there’s one thing that stays the same: YouTube’s mission," YouTube said in a blog post detailing the changes. "We’re here to give people a voice and show them the world – no matter what device they use."