YouTube update starts rolling out, brings new UI and features

YouTube update starts rolling out, brings new UI and features
An update to YouTube has started rolling out in the Google Play Store and if it isn't available for your handset yet, don't worry because it eventually will be in the Store, waiting to be downloaded and installed on your phone. The update, besides taking care of the usual bug fixes, brings some changes to the UI. Cards are everywhere and there is a multi-window feature that lets you view a video in one window while the other window lets you search or go through your feeds. There is also a new icon for the app.

 Other additions include a hamburger style menu, video suggestion overlays during playback and the ability to open the guide to check on your subscriptions and feeds from anywhere in the menu. The HD and CC toggle has been moved from the left corner of the video to the menu and on 7 inch tablets, there is a fully-fuctional landscape UI. You can check out pictures of the updated YouTube app in the slideshow below.


source: YouTube via AndroidCenter

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27 Comments

1. deathgod

Posts: 122; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

How about the choice of black backgrounds? It's one of the main reasons I still use the older version on my tablet.

4. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

I'd prefer that option as well, Music looked much better in a black theme than the current white.

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I haven't used the Android version, but I hate how on the iOS version you can't choose the video quality. It's so annoying when I skip some of the video to apart which hasn't buffered, then YouTube switches me to the lowest quality. Also why do ads (30+ sec) fully buffer in 5 seconds (before I can skip them), and then the video slowly buffers.

20. thaiquatch

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

I don't know if you have the app McTube but it lets you choose video quality. Right now the update screwed it up with a white background and they took out the option to download videos.

27. vincelongman

Posts: 5748; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I just deleted the YouTube app and Jasmine. I like how you can read the comments while having the video playing (unlike Jasmine) And if you go back it still remembers where you were (unlike the YouTube app) Also its very stable (the YouTube app crashed a lot) Only negative things is I prefer the interface of Jasmine and you couldn't swipe to change tab (and maybe that little ad). Overall I liked McTube the most. Thank you so much :)

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Very welcomed update. Runs smooth and like it. Only thing I can't find is a way to make the background black. The Super AMOLED display on my phone is going to cry displaying all that white. :(

9. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I forgot to mention. You can watch a video and browse through the YouTube app at the same time. This update is incredible.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

... nope... no update yet..(as of this post)

7. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You can install the APK by doing a Google search.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Here's the APK. Just downloaded it and it works. http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23060877490000782

23. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Thanks!!

5. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Poor WP fans :-D

10. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Not sure why they bitch so much, they have plenty of working alternatives.

6. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Looks amazing. Makes me excited to see what Google will bring to Android 5.0

11. DigitalBoy05

Posts: 279; Member since: Jun 04, 2011

lol they didnt blurr out the persons gmail address in the screenshot.

12. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

this new youtube app is incredible and by looking at there new design language for there apps it looks like klp will be looking incredible imo

13. PootisMan

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 02, 2013

I got it on my Nexus 4 and it's awesome! Still wishing they would implement a replying to comments feature.

14. xperia1409

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

why every updated app is always shown on the Bloody Nexus 4????

16. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

because it is the latest GOOGLE smartphone

15. HouTexan

Posts: 462; Member since: Jan 08, 2012

Love this update

17. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Can't even get a white nexus anymore (if that is what I think it is in pic 1)

25. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

That has a white case on it.

19. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

so still no background play feature? why wont google listen to us on this one? Atleast give us a screen lock feature where we can play a music vid and not have worry about touching the screen accidently while the phone is in my pocket. Vevo has this. Why not youtube?

21. xDrizzyXx

Posts: 66; Member since: Jun 28, 2011

I will wait for the inverted version! :)

22. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Still didn't get it on Nexus 4.But i hope Google fixed the crash issue.

24. deacz

Posts: 162; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

the current youtube app for tablets is horrible im still using the one that came with my transformer prime.

26. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Great update Google i think this the best YouTube app update till date and looks stunning on Nexus 4.

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