Over the last few months Google started releasing updates to Youtube and will continue to throughout the rest of the year. Some of these updates are rolling out today.
Let's start with the YouTube mobile app, which is getting a bunch of new features:
Clean new design: Google 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. New Library and Account tabs that give you easy access to what you're looking for have been also added
Videos that move with you: One of the things Google is working on is bringing gestures to YouTube. Earlier this year, the company introduced a gesture that allows you to double tap on the left or right side of a video to fast forward or rewind 10 seconds. In the coming Google will 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 Google is bringing this feature to the mobile app today, so you can enjoy videos at whatever speed you prefer.
Adapt to any video: Soon, the YouTube player will seamlessly change shape to match the video format you're watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal.
Browse and discover while you watch: Google recently added a feature that lets you view a row of suggested videos while you're watching in full screen. The company is also working on transforming the area below the player so you can browse videos in totally new ways.
Looking beyond the YouTube app, Google has also been working on a new desktop design, which is available to all users around the globe starting today.
The new look applies Material Design to YouTube and delivers a simple user experience that lets content shine. For example, a feature of this new desktop design is Dark Theme, which turns the background dark while you watch for a more cinematic look.
The bright red cherry on top of this update sundae is a refreshed YouTube Logo and YouTube Icon. You'll see the new Logo and Icon roll out across mobile and desktop today, and across all our other apps and services soon.