Google is testing UI changes for the Android powered YouTube app

Google is testing UI changes for the Android powered YouTube app
Google is apparently testing some changes to be implemented on the Android powered YouTube app. Instead of offering picture-in-a-picture, the new UI includes a "floating" bar on bottom that comes with options to play or pause. It also allows the user to close the app without having to swipe it away. This is the third UI change being tested this month for the Android version of the app; all three will apparently be added via a server-side update.

Besides the aforementioned change, another one shows snapshots from the video you're watching based on where you tap on the seek bar. This is a feature already on the web and iOS versions of YouTube. The other change is a new bottom navigation layout that offers links to Home, Trending, Subscriptions and Library. The button to upload videos has been moved to the left of the search bar, and the upper left now reads "YouTube" instead of the name of the tab you're using.

All of these changes are slowly turning the Android version of YouTube into the iOS model of the app. Whether you favor iOS or Android, it shouldn't matter because the ultimate goal is to have one app that looks and acts the same on all operating systems, with all of the features in the same place. This would make it easier to use YouTube no matter which platform is being employed at a particular moment.

source: AndroidPolice



1. ABC_123

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 11, 2014

I once got the iOS style update last year but then a new update came out and the UI revert back to the original (pic 2).

2. Tziggy14

Posts: 626; Member since: Sep 02, 2014

These changes look inconsistent. I suspect that only 2-3 of them will actually make it to mass usersm

3. SleeperOne

Posts: 370; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

I use the mobile browser, what's the point of having a separate YouTube app?

5. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

YouTube apps provided you much easier to access video, faster load, etc.

7. vijay.alapati

Posts: 181; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

I understand that you are a windows phone user lol

4. Shubham412302

Posts: 594; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

My brother got this update a few days back. He prefers old interface.

6. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Going from PIP to a tiny floating bar is a stupid idea. Swiping to close is more intuitive than now 2 menu keys. That's moving away from innovation imo.

8. tokuzumi

Posts: 2005; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Hopefully they add a dark mode, like they did on the desktop site.

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