YouTube basically has the same app on TV platforms, and over the past week it has rolled out a revamped video interface on some platforms. Here’s a look at the new YouTube UI being rolled out to Android TV, Fire TV, and possibly other platforms.
In the last couple of weeks or so, a server-side change to the YouTube apps on Android TV and Fire TV has changed the look of the video player UI. This change maintains the focus on the video at all times, even when the search bar appears.
Instead of making a large title appear above the search bar, the title is much smaller and now present at the top of the screen. The interface is further cleaned up by hiding most of the additional UI elements under an overflow button; these elements include “like / dislike”, ratio, quality, and others. It’s not that different from the previous interface, but the buttons themselves are now smaller.
This UI change also ditches the play / pause and skip buttons altogether, leaving users with only a search bar and a row of recommended videos available with scrolling down. It’s a clean look, but a shocking change too. You can see these changes in action on a Fire TV below. It looks the same on Android TV.
YouTube has made changes to its TV interface a number of times in the past, but it’s definitely one of the biggest we’ve seen to date. It’s likely that this interface will expand to other platforms soon, but we don’t have specific evidence for that yet.
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