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YouTube brings design changes full circle with new logo and more mobile features

One of the world's most popular video sites is growing, diversifying in content and platform, and its design is evolving, too. We've told you over the previous months how a new desktop design (with a dark mode, no less) was introduced earlier this year for users to test, and the YouTube app has already been redesigned once this year.

And it's not done yet.

Outlined in a blog post, YouTube's mobile apps are losing the red banners, letting the content be the only color on screen. YouTube is also going beyond the double-tap to fast-forward, and will soon experiment with swiping left and right to switch between videos. That will be a very interesting experiment, indeed, given how many of us are used to swiping back in forth in Google Play Movies and often forget the different interface when we switch back to YouTube.

YouTube's look and feel is evolving as fast as the content it's hosting.

Speed controls are also coming to the mobile app, so you can slow down and speed up videos as needed, and YouTube's mobile app will adapt to different aspect ratios of videos, including the dreaded vertical video. No more black bars!

The new desktop design YouTube's been testing for months is rolling out to everyone, at last, including our beloved dark theme, which now needs to make the jump to mobile. YouTube is also updating its logo, putting the app icon on the left while making the YouTube text a little bolder and all the same color.

There's a lot here to unpack, and a lot that'll be rolling out in the days and weeks ahead, so what are you most excited about? What are you hoping to see coming soon?

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Ara Wagoner was a staff writer at Android Central. She themes phones and pokes YouTube Music with a stick. When she's not writing about cases, Chromebooks, or customization, she's wandering around Walt Disney World. If you see her without headphones, RUN. You can follow her on Twitter at @arawagco.

19 Comments
  • Hmm interesting. I'm a fan of the dark mode.
  • Where did you find a dark mode?
  • I like it too but unfortunately you can't get it on Windows 10 without having to go through the registry to apply it. With Windows 7 it was just a simple switch.
  • That's really old info. You can change it in account settings on Win 10 really easily.
  • I just got the update. It looks a bit different. I like it.
  • Good, now fix up your demonetization problems YouTube if you wanna continue being the top dog in online video.
  • I'd rather them make the app lighter and faster.
  • Cool, we can make any video sound like Blur or an Ent... Still ugly, needs a dark theme desperately.
  • I've long added a Chrome extension to put a dark theme on Youtube on desktop... And on mobile Substratum + Swift Black took care of adding a black theme to app as well. It's a case of too little, too late for me.
  • Speed controls! Finally!!!! I've been asking for this forever. Maybe now I'll actually use the YouTube app, and there's hope that speed control will come to the YouTube TV app, which is useless to me without it.
  • +1
  • Who the **** cares....? YouTube is **** now. They're ******* over everyone's content. People can't be themselves now. **** you tube!🙃
  • I agree but I still use it pretty heavily in the hopes that they'll get off the backs of so many content creators.
  • I rarely use Google Play Movies since every movie that I buy in the Play Store is available for viewing in the YouTube app.
  • Like?
  • My favorite change is bringing the navigation tabs back to the bottom like they used to be. Every app should follow the example.
  • Why is the YouTube app so painfully blah. You look at MyTube and MetroTube on Windows, and it destroys the stock YouTube app. Biggest problem is Google kills any decent third party app and leaves you with this meh app.
  • Although I have been using an app for dark mode for some time now, I'm happy to have built in. Now I have to turn it off only when using YT. Get this to the mobile app.
  • I tried the Dark Mode and decided to keep it on, because the new design of Youtube needs some serious updateing fast. It's one of the most confusing decisions I've seen. They features are all meessed up, the location of buttons and menus makes no sence, etc.
    https://macdownload.informer.com/Mac-Stories/youtube-introduces-a-dark-m...
    It's actually a trend among companies like that. facebook is failing to update functionality as well and is now getting more and more into politics and censoring , and so is Youtube.
    https://droidinformer.org/Stories/facebook-to-prevent-fake-news-pages-fr...
    I guess it's the lazy capitalist's way out: create hype instead of product. They are still famoust, they still get traffick, and their mistakes like this new design are lost in the sea of information around them.