Google rolled out a new look for YouTube on Thursday, around a year after the world’s most popular online video site received its last facelift. The last overhaul focused on giving greater prominence to the user’s personalized content, and this one takes that even further with a cleaner, simpler look that “gets out of the way and lets content truly shine.”
The first thing that you will notice with this
is just how much it resembles other Google-owned sites. While this minimalistic look is sure to please those who disliked the last one (mostly for being a bit too busy),
not everyone seems pleased.
The Guide feature is now more useful than ever, always listing your favorite channels on top of the list along with the number of new videos that each one of them has available for you. What’s more, it now follows you around the site and your various devices. Where the video page is concerned, playlists have been moved to the right of the video player.
“You come to YouTube to watch the videos you care about, so it’s important that the videos stand out,” YouTube wrote in a blog post on its official blog . “In this new layout, you’ll find the most crucial elements are front and center when you watch a video: the video is right at the top of the page and the subscribe button, social actions and video information are all combined directly below the player. Playlists are now available to the right of the video so you can browse through while you watch. You’ll also see this cleaner and simpler design across the entire site.”
YouTube began experimenting with this look as early as June this year, when many reported seeing a more Google Plus-esque design.