MANILA: YouTube on Wednesday refreshed its logo and layout across platforms, bringing with it new features.
The redesigned logo removes the red highlight on “Tube,” a television reference and instead placed a red “press play” icon beside “YouTube” in a narrower and bolder typeface.
It was the first redesign since Google-owned service started 12 years ago. YouTube said it aimed for a “more flexible design that works better across a variety of devices, even on the tiniest screens.”
New features on mobile include vertical full screen video, the ability to watch videos and browse at the same time and make videos play faster or slower.
The desktop version now allows a dark theme to replace the white background, which YouTube said, would create a “cinematic” effect.”
YouTube started supporting only one video format, 320×240 at 4:3 aspect ratio. Now it can play SD, HD, 4K, 360 and 3D.