YouTube has changed its design to look like Google’s social networking site Google Plus. For now, only a few people can see this new design; people who participate in tests facilitated by the firm.
One look at the redesign screenshot reveals that YouTube has really adapted the style of Google Plus. For one, it has more white space; it is quite ironic that Google Plus received criticisms for being too white, but the easier and whiter layout now replaces the black side bar of the current design. In addition, there is a wider middle feed and thumbnails of the videos are larger.
Even the right side bar changed; there is a different look to the recommended videos, and at the top right, a large-sized video thumbnail is on display.
It certainly looks neater than the current YouTube design. Even if it looks like Google Plus, however, there is no indication that the integration between the two Google services will become stronger. A user who is a test participant sent the screenshot of the new YouTube design to Engadget.
This redesign will arrive after only six months since YouTube last got a revamp. According to a statement by Google, “…with more videos coming to YouTube every minute we’re always experimenting with ways to help people more easily find, watch and share the videos that matter most to them. As always, we’ll consider rolling changes out more broadly based on user feedback on these experiments.”