Google launched YouTube’s first ever logo update after 12 years of stay in the market.
“While the look may have changed, the mission hasn’t: we’re here to give people a voice and show them the world – no matter what device they use,” said a Google spokesperson.
Makeover of YouTube
New design: The header is now white to “let content take the lead”, according to Google. The navigation tabs moved to the bottom of the app, so that they’re closer to your thumbs. Oh, and there’s a new logo too – “a cleaned up version of the YouTube wordmark and icon, creating a more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices”, apparently.
Gesture controls: Now we can double tap on the left or right of a video to fast-forward or rewind. This was already available but soon, Google says you’ll also be able to swipe left and right between videos.
Video pacing: You can now speed up and slow down the playback of a video on mobile – a feature previously only available on the desktop.
Adapt to videos: Soon, the YouTube player will “seamlessly change shape” to match the video format you’re watching – vertical, square or horizontal, for instance. This means you’ll no longer get black bars at the side of vertical videos.
Browser and discover while you watch: Google recently added the ability to let you view a row of suggested videos while watching in full screen. The area below the player will eventually been transformed so you can “browse videos in totally new ways”. (Source: Google)
Here are Top 5 interesting fun-facts about YouTube:
#1 Founders of YouTube
Three former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim created YouTube in February 2005.Google bought the site in November 2006 for US$1.65 billion, Now YouTube operates as one of Google’s subsidiaries.
#2 YouTube Birth
This idea came to its founders at a dinner party at Steve Chen’s place in San Francisco when they weren’t able to share the video of the party due to an email attachment error that night. The team worked hard on this project and It was launched finally on 14 February 2005 in California, USA.
#3 Funds Issue
As already mentioned above that the founders were PayPal employees, they used their bonus received during the eBay buyout of PayPal.
#4 Intention was different
Ting-Tong…Initially, YouTube was only meant to be a dating website, but destiny had some other plans and what we have got today is simply amazing.
#5 Adopted by Google
Being a smart player in the market, Google caught the potential of this video sharing website and offered huge $ 1.65 billion in the very next year of the inception of YouTube. This deal was sealed in November 2006.
“YouTube’s evolved…a lot. And we’re not even close to done,” says Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube. “Over the last few months, we’ve started releasing updates and will continue to throughout the rest of the year.”
“When all is said and done, we’ll bring a new level of functionality and a more consistent look across our desktop and mobile experiences”, Mohan added.
Check out the launch video for the new look below: