Google testing fluid new YouTube interface

By on July 8, 2011
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YouTube will get a whole new look in future with modern and refreshing interface.

YouTube interface has gone through many “refinements” in past but it still clings close to the original design which doesn’t look quite modern. But that may drastically change in future as Google is in process of changing YouTube’s look and feel in startling and refreshing ways.

Today, as part of the ongoing TestTube project, Google opened “Cosmic Panda“, which is described as “a new experimental experience for videos, playlists and channels”. and your first reaction to interface would seriously be positive for its wow factor.

The design is more fluid with better visual cues and much less text. It’s the amount of text that in part makes official YouTube look so outdated. Among the many changes: Users choose video size by clicking on different size boxes. Videos, such as “related” or from search, are presented in 16:9 ratio boxes. Videos are now watched against a dark grey background reducing eye strain. Default thumbnails for related videos are much larger, which makes scanning them easier and is more fitting with the amount of HD content available on YouTube.

Videos play in the “Featured Playlists” thumbnails, making it easier to listen (and see) while looking for something else. Since this is a test skin for YouTube so expect many more tweaks and changes in experiences as this matures the future look for YouTube.


Dad in the day, Gamer by night. Loves everything Geek. By profession an Engineer but my hobby has been Video gaming on PC since 1989.

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