YouTube is testing a new interface that will make it easier to browse content

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YouTube New Interface

Credit: https://thenextweb.com/google/2017/08/21/google-youtube-user-interface-ui/#.tnw_IuUUsmcH

A new interface that will enable users to browse content on YouTube is on the card. According to TNW, Google is currently testing the new interface that will make easier for users to browse for content on the video-streaming website while watching videos on their phones.

The current interface does not allow you to do much, and does not give users much control when using the site. Instead, it only lest you minimize videos in the bottom in order to be able to glance through other clips at the same time.

The new layout on the other hand, gives you more control over playback. You can actually see dedicated playback buttons next to the thumbnail. It also features a standard ‘X’ button to close clips as well as a separate pause/play button.

One other interesting addition worthy of mention in the new interface is the title of the video, which now displays next to the thumbnail.

Below is a GIF shared by a Reddit user, Therexin who first spotted the change and later shared it with other users on the platform:

Video Credit: https://thenextweb.com/google/2017/08/21/google-youtube-user-interface-ui/#.tnw_IuUUsmcH

Some other Redditors that have already spotted the new change being made by Google said the new layout looks much like the YouTube TV UI where playback buttons have been the norm for a couple of years now.

It’s still early days, and no official confirmation from Google yet, but give it a few more days to have a clearer picture of what the company is up to.

There is a new section on YouTube serving breaking news videos around the world. Several users have spotted the latest update, which seems to suggest that it’s not a small test, and one that has probably come to stay. The section is live across all YouTube platform including Android, iOS, and desktop.

Sounds like one section some users would love, but there is an option to turn it off should you not like it. You can turn it off by hitting the “X” on desktop or the “Not interested” button in the three-dot menu on mobile—and you will no longer see the section on your version of the service.

For now, YouTube seems to be sourcing its news from traditional networks, but what will be most interesting is how people react to the new section. Hopefully for the company, it had succeeded in adding a section that will keep users engaged in conversation. Users probably now have one more platform to discuss current affairs and add their views to any breaking news video they find interesting.

A new feature that enables YouTube to offer mobile messaging service to users was launched earlier this month by Google. The in-app video sharing feature that was earlier available to select market, is now being rolled out to a global audience. With the feature, you will be able to send your friends video and share chat from within a new tab within the mobile app.


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Author: Ola Ric

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