YouTube now has a new look on mobile and desktop.
To start, the mobile application now has a white header (the old one was red), and it features the new YouTube logo, seen below.
In a blog post, Neal Mohan, chief product officer at YouTube, explained the logo’s redesign: “Designed for our multiscreen world, the updated logo combines a cleaned-up version of the YouTube wordmark and icon, creating a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens. Why is it more flexible? When room is limited (say, on a smartphone), you can use the brightened-up icon as an abbreviated logo, which will be seen more easily and read more clearly. You’ll see the new logo and icon roll out across mobile and desktop today and across all our other apps and services soon.”
In addition to these visual changes, the mobile app now allows users to speed up or slow down a video’s playback speed.
Looking ahead to future changes, Mohan said the YouTube player will soon be updated, allowing it to “seamlessly change shape to match the video format you’re watching, such as vertical, square or horizontal.” In addition, in the coming months, YouTube will begin testing the ability to move between videos by swiping left and right.
For desktop users, YouTube’s updated desktop design is now available to everyone worldwide. The update applies Material Design to the site, and it includes a feature called Dark Theme, which Mohan said “turns the background dark while you watch for a more cinematic look.”