YouTube has revamped a new look for its desktop client that boasts of several Material Design features. The company has now started rolling out the preview of the revamped site for its users. People can now opt-in to check out the new look.
YouTube claims the refreshed desktop material design is clean and fresh as it no longer has visuals that can disturb the browsing or watching experience. According to YouTube, the aim is to bring the desktop viewing experience closer to its mobile counterpart that focuses more on displaying content up front.
In this updated look, YouTube for desktop gets a dark theme turns your background dark throughout your entire YouTube experience. YouTube says it has been developed to cut down on glare and offer a more detailed video viewing experience. Users can toggle on or off the dark theme from the site at any point of time.
Next up, the site design is built on a new, faster framework named Polymer, which enables quicker feature development. Other tweaks include smaller channel icons while the YouTube logo and the search bar in the upper left have also become smaller.
The Key Principles of this new Material Design are:
- Simplicity: The only thing you should be concerned about is watching the content you love. The new design is clean and fresh, thanks to the removal of visuals that can distract from your browsing or watching experience. We’re focused on making the content shine!
- Consistency: The new design is aligned across Google platforms, including the YouTube mobile app, while still providing the features you know and love.
- Beauty: We strive to combine beauty and purpose to create an effortless experience.
In order to check out YouTube’s latest look, you can opt-in to preview the new design at youtube.com/new. You can return to the current design by selecting “Restore classic YouTube” from the Account Menu.