YouTube redesigns mobile apps

DetailsEditor | 24 July 2015

With the second screen increasingly first choice for its users — indeed more than half of current views are from portable platforms — YouTube has upgraded its mobile apps.

youtubemobupgThe general aims for the Google subsidiary is to make it easier to find and create videos for Android, mobile Web and iOS second-screen platforms.

The update allows for first-time users to watch full-screen vertical videos with just a single tap, and introduces three new tabs: home, subscriptions and account. The former lets users explore and discover videos with recommendations based on their watch history. The subscriptions tab allows users to find the latest videos from their favourite channels and creators, and by tapping on a bell icon they can get a notification as soon as a new video is posted. Account allows users to check out playlists, watch their history and videos uploaded all in one spot.

"If you have watched a YouTube video recently, chances are you did it on your phone or tablet," commented YouTube product manager Matt Darby in a blog post. "So to bring you an even better mobile experience, we're updating the official YouTube apps. But YouTube isn't just about enjoying videos; it's a place to express yourself and show the world what you love. With the redesigned app you can take your creativity to new levels using a new set of video creation tools. You've got an amazing camera in your phone or tablet, and now you can trim your footage, tint the image with filters, add music, and upload – all inside the app."