YouTube has introduced a series of new features and visual changes. The updates are being rolled out across the platform’s web application, smartphone app, and smart TV versions.
One of the updates is the revamp of the library tab, now rebranded as “You.” This updated tab offers more information than its predecessor, providing access to previously viewed videos, playlists, downloads, and purchases, all consolidated in one location. This change affects both the web and mobile versions of the app.
The platform has also simplified the process of accelerating video playback. Users who prefer swift podcast clips can now easily double the playback speed by pressing and holding their finger on the video. This feature is available on web browsers, tablets, and mobile devices.
Another noteworthy update is the introduction of a new lock screen feature designed to minimize accidental touches on the screen while watching a video. This feature is expected to be particularly useful when watching a video on the go or when using interactive content.
In addition to these functional updates, YouTube has also introduced several design changes. These include on-screen visual prompts that appear when creators encourage viewers to subscribe, accompanied by delightful sparkles to enhance the satisfaction when viewers finally “like” their content.
A new animation tracks the view count and like count over a video’s initial 24 hours. These design elements extend to the smart TV application, featuring a fresh vertical menu, video chapters, a scrollable description section, and more.
The rollout of these updates is happening in stages, and it may take a few weeks to reach all users globally.
YouTube has also announced plans to introduce more features in the future, including a redesign of the YouTube Kids app. While these individual features may not revolutionize the platform, they collectively contribute to an enhanced user experience.