YouTube Unveils Updated Look, New Features & Logo

Posted August 30, 2017

"YouTube's evolved...a lot. And we're not even close to done", says Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube.

First and foremost, the YouTube desktop site and mobile app are being overhauled with the Material Design look that now pervades much of Google's software lineup, including Android and Search. "The updated logo and icon are rolling out across desktop and mobile starting today; before arriving on other apps and services". The service is trying to expand beyond user-created videos and into more professional content, better enabling it to compete with the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, which are all also investing in their own shows and movies.

A new gesture to switch videos with a single swipe is also coming soon, and lastly a revamped area below the video player for improved browsing.

Speaking of this new feature, which now YouTube has taken out of the beta stage to stable version and made it available for its users across the globe on their latest mobile app.

YouTube's new logo has the company name all in black in the same font and manner the word "You" looked in the old logo.

The post highlights one of the new desktop designs called Dark Theme, which turns the background dark and enables a more "cinematic" experience.

A new logo that loses the emphasis on Tube and adds the now-iconic play button. In the future, you will be able to jump between videos with just a swipe of your finger, swiping left to watch the previous video, or right to watch the next one. Among the perks of the new layout is the launch of a dark mode that makes nighttime viewing easier on the eyes.

The new design has already begun rolling out, but if you don't see it when you navigate to YouTube on your browser, just head to YouTube.com/new and opt in.