YouTube is rolling out a new homepage format. The new format will include bigger thumbnails, a move that frustrated people when the company first tested the new design earlier this year in August.
However, we should keep in mind that the update is only available for the Desktop and Tablet apps. This means that you will not see the updated interface on the YouTube website. Talking about the update, it is seen that the cards are now bigger which means that you get a lot more space for doing things. This is particularly useful on tablets where the content looks small and the touch area is also small.
“This new look includes longer video titles and larger, richer thumbnails to give you clearer information about the video at a glance, plus higher resolution video previews. As part of this cleaner design, you’ll notice we’ve also removed some content shelves. You can still find rows of videos for breaking news, music mixes, and more.”
Furthermore. “When browsing on Home, you’ll also see channel icons below each video making it easier to recognize your favorite creators and content you love.”
From the 5×2 layout on its home screen for Desktop and Tablet apps, YouTube has now gone to the 4×2 layout. Therefore, you will now only see 8 thumbnails instead of the 10 full ones earlier but the experience will be better.
Also, both the apps now have a “Add to Queue” button which is different from the “Watch Later” or “Add to List”. YouTube says that if you add videos to the Queue, they will disappear after the app is closed, meaning they are not permanent.
Another “Don’t recommend channel” option has been added inside the apps so that you can mark it for any channels that you don’t like.