Google tests new YouTube UI for Android with a search bar on top, larger thumbnails and more

Google tests new YouTube UI for Android with a search bar on top, larger thumbnails and more
Google is testing a new UI for its extremely popular YouTube app for Android. The new look would include a search bar on top, and larger thumbnail images of other videos. Currently, if you want to search for something that you hope is in the video streamer's vast and ever growing library, you need to click on the search icon in the upper right-hand corner. The UI being tested would feature a search bar that stretches across the left-center of the top of the page. And yes, it would save you a click when you need to search for a video.

The tested UI has larger thumbnails running edge-to-edge on the home page. While we don't know for sure whether the larger images will be seen elsewhere on YouTube, there is no reason for Google not to expand the thumbnails on the Subscription and Trending pages as well. With the search icon no longer needed, the icon for uploading videos is now seen directly to the left of your avatar. We don't see the Chromecast icon, but it could be placed to the right of the search bar.

Again, as your local Emergency Broadcast System announcer says (except in Hawaii), "This is only a test." Hopefully, it passes with flying colors and is coming soon to an Android handset near you.



1. kevv2288

Posts: 314; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

How about a dark theme like iOS got months ago?

3. gamehead unregistered

Y'all havent gotten that yet!? Goddamn! How does google release a feature on their main competitor rather than their own?

4. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Apple is the leader and trendsetter. Even Google needs Apple to get their app to the masses and let others learn from iOS users.

8. ramdroid

Posts: 138; Member since: May 21, 2016

Who cares? Android users have YouTube vanced :)


Posts: 472; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I hate the way the video gets minimized now when you swipe down. The way in the picture above is far more user friendly. All they need to add is bar to show how far you are in the video.

5. logicsdude

Posts: 85; Member since: Jun 25, 2014


7. wesley.

Posts: 217; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Yeah, a terrible change by Google. Like going backwards by 5 years.

6. R3DgRu

Posts: 55; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Download youtube vanced and most problems are gone.

12. deleon629 unregistered

Be pretty cool if they could make a widget that played the video on the home screen and/or in the background while multitasking...For Android, of course...

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