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August 20, 2013

YouTube update starts rolling out, new UI and Features for Android

Google has started rolling out an update for the Android YouTube app and it brings a ton of changes along with it. The latest version, 5.0.21, brings a whole host of UI changes as well as miscellaneous changes to the way the app functions.

Some of the major changes include the following, thanks to Android Police:

  • A brand new card-based UI – the app looks better than ever before.
  • In-app multitasking. For example, you can make any video you’re watching turn into a small window on the bottom right by swiping it down, pressing the down arrow in the top left corner, or simply pressing the Back button.
  • You can then navigate the app while the video is playing.
  • You bring it back up by dragging or tapping the small window and dismiss it by swiping it sideways.
  • The slide-out navigation has been reworked with the latest hamburger-style guidelines in mind.
  • Quick access to history, favorites, playlists, uploads, and watch later right in the slide-out menu.
  • You can now search for playlists.
  • You no longer need to tap the down arrow on the video page to give thumbs up, thumbs down, or flag.
  • The HD and CC toggles have moved from the bottom left edge of the video to the menu.
  • The TV Queue UI got updated as well.
  • The G+ +1 Recommend button seems to be gone from videos.
  • There is a brand new App Icon.
  • The landscape UI on 7″ tablets is now no longer just full-screen like it is on phones, it is now a fully-functional landscape tablet UI.
  • At last, YouTube now honours the global auto-rotate setting and doesn’t flip to landscape if auto-rotate is off. However, there’s now a button in the bottom right corner of the video to force the landscape full-screen mode if you want it. I think it’s the ideal solution to this previously controversial situation.
    Source: Android Police 


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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini