Google finally released the YouTube app into the Android Market. It previously just came standard with all Android phones, but now it holds its own place in the ever-expanding Android market. Yes, this is cool, but maybe not quite newsworthy. What is newsworthy however, is the update it comes along with. YouTube has been updated with a pretty new UI, and some cool features to boot.
YouTube has mostly done away with how the app used to look, and now it’s got a black bar at the top with the YouTube logo and record and search buttons. The rest of the screen is taken up with videos. There is not a dedicated bar for things like “most popular” and “featured video” anymore because now the videos title and author are followed by “from most popular” or “from featured videos”. This works well and is cool because it brings a sleek sort of unity to the app.
The video playback is also faster and no longer does the screen switch to landscape and start loading a video. Now, when a video is selected the screen stays in portrait and starts playing the video in half of the screen. In the other half of the screen you can view things like the description and comments—while watching the video. This feature really brings this app together, and for the first time the YouTube app actually feels like YouTube. You can swipe between the different motions and it is a smooth pretty gesture (hopefully a taste of the smooth, clean UI Google has in store for us with Gingerbread). When you double tap or turn to landscape it switches to full screen with more updated controls.
With its recent update the new YouTube app is really improved, and check out the video below to see it in action.
about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 15 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have advice? email firstname.lastname@example.org