Starting this week, users will be able to choose and fit their YouTube experience with a new look. The media platform is also asking for the public’s feedback on a much-discussed subject: the “dark mode”.
Although available for some time, this dark theme was harder to apply. Now, it will be easier to access and may even one day become a stable choice. YouTube announced that, for its new look, it officially started applying the Material Design.
In its release, the platform said that: “We’re applying Material Design […] to deliver a beautiful, delightful and intuitive user experience.”
The developers then pointed out the “key principles” of this updated design. These should ensure simplicity, consistency, and also beauty. The design’s consistency will be ensured by the fact that it will be available across all Google platforms. Namely, it will be aligned on desktop and mobile versions.
This New Look Has Been Long In The Making
YouTube has been testing this new look for over a year now. However, users will find it easier to switch between looks. Before, they would have had to opt for an URL workaround. Now, they can simply access YouTube.com/new.
In case this new design doesn’t suit them, users can also revert to the default look by choosing “Restore class YouTube”. This option should be placed under the accounts menu. This design change will not happen automatically for all users, or most any at all. However, the platform is planning on rolling it our periodically to new users, some every few weeks.
In the blog release, the developers said that this new website design was reportedly built on a new framework. Called Polymer, this should also be faster and could help enable a quicker feature development.
This will also allow users to enable “Dark Mode natively”. They will be able to do so by clicking and changing the settings from beneath the user icon.
YouTube’s new design should come with end-to-end user profile banners and infinite scrolling. It should also bring changes to theater mode, to better adapt to the mood, as well as various other changes. It remains to be seen if YouTube will decide to implement this new look as default.
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