Users may have noticed the change because YouTube unveils its new look and it’s pulling it off without a doubt. The new, sleek, transparent design plays straight into contemporary trends and leaves behind the dull, black bars we’ve been used to for so long. For too long, actually.
Now, users are treated with a shiny transparent design of their options bar, which features some nifty animations and bolded icons. It’s “slicker than a squirrel on waterskis”, according to YouTube’s tweet, which might be confusing unless you see the actual post.
Upon announcing the update via Twitter, YouTube displayed an example featuring a squirrel on waterskis, which admittedly does look quite sleek and a slick at the same time. The video sharing website has revamped and redesigned its web player to look as if it’s part of the video, not just an addition below it.
The interface features precisely the same functions, with new animations for settings, “bigger and bolder” icons, along with an improved look to the autoplay and annotations. The update also features some modifications for the mobile versions, with a drop down menu for better speed and quality.
The UI update has been tested since April, but only a few were able access it unless some of the web browser’s cookie settings were altered, which most were unaware of. But now, the new and improved YouTube look is available on all platforms worldwide and it’s certainly gotten positive feedback.
The new design is currently available on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Windows 10’s Edge browser, along with all mobile versions. The alternations have been noted not to cause any change to the featured videos on the right side of the screen, but it’s done more than enough so far.
This could be YouTube’s step out of the Dark Ages of technology, where everything was bolded on a black bar, or it could be their way of showing that Facebook has their work cut out for them if they wish to compete. The social media networking giant has stated many times that they want to make their way into the video sharing market.
However, YouTube’s so far a heavy weight champion and a rookie will not so easily overtake them, even if they’re a renown champion in their own category.
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