Latest version of YouTube for Android app features code for a dark theme and more

A report published this weekend discusses a teardown of the latest version of the YouTube for Android app (v. 13). Code found inside this new version of the app indicates that the next update could give Android users the choice to activate a dark theme for YouTube. This really wouldn't be shocking considering that on the web, the streaming video site already offers this capability.

Also discovered in the teardown was code related to an incognito mode. Currently, Android users of the YouTube app can go into the History & privacy menu of YouTube and toggle to pause watch history and search history. But incognito mode, also found on Chrome and GBoard, can kill both birds with one stone, so to speak. Speaking of menus, the option to autoplay YouTube videos (which allows you to keep watching the next video automatically once the current one has ended) could have its own menu, with the feature removed from the general settings list.

Another potential change includes the method used to get rid of the ads that play before your video starts streaming. Most of these spots give you the option to eliminate the ad after five seconds by tapping on a box that says "Skip Ad." The new method would allow users to swipe away the commercial after five seconds, which is easier for those with ham-sized fingers who can't press the skip button.

Keep in mind that just because these strings appear in the app, it doesn't mean that they will be implemented with the next update to version 13.01, or with any future revision to the YouTube for Android app.

source: 9to5Google



1. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

As OLED screens are becoming a norm, it's a good move to have dark theme for every app. Bdw I'm already using the dark theme in YouTube desktop site.

3. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010's just nice to have the option while there's plenty of LCD displays out there still and they benefit as well.

9. samgsam

Posts: 149; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Yes, no doubt about that.

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Not a biggie, but shouldn't it be "YouTube app for Android" and not "YouTube for Android app"?

4. Alan01

Posts: 627; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

That's a po-tay-to po-tat-o kind of thing. I didn't put quotation marks around it so I am basically calling it an App for Android called YouTube. Regards, Alan F.

14. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

lol xD

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31311; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Really dude?

7. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

You Gotta laugh on This one lol

12. Venom

Posts: 3723; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Does it matter? Pretty much the same thing.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 31311; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'd like the dark mode. I love the dark mode on the Samsung browser.

13. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I don't know why this hasn't already been implemented. There are plenty of websites and other apps that have a night mode built in, which have been there for quite some time. Google is just way behind the curve on what people actually want. Let's not get into Google merging ringtone and notification volumes in Ice Cream Sandwich.

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