YouTube today launched a new home page design with larger thumbnails, a movement that frustrated people when the company first tested the updated look in August.
Users see fewer videos on the homepage because of the larger thumbnails, a YouTube spokesperson confirmed The edge. The representative added that people get more information about every video they see. By giving video & # 39; s more physical space on the page, video makers can also use longer titles. The goal is to give people using the platform more information about a video at a glance, instead of asking them to move a cursor over a video or to click through for more information.
With the new design, the YouTube home page has less recommended videos and certain content "shelves" – categories such as "News" or "Music" – are no longer placed on the front page. The YouTube product team used feedback from creators and viewers during various test phases to improve the layout, according to the company. This included resolving various technical issues, with some of the more prominent issues related to thumbnails on larger screens and devices.
Although the design changes are the most striking, there are also a few important function updates. The most important thing is the ability to tell YouTube that it should stop recommending channels that you are not interested in. This feature was first launched on mobile and is now on its way to the desktop.
Videos & # 39; s can now also be "added to the queue". The option is available on Android, but the YouTube product team implements it for desktop users. People can select a handful of video & # 39; s to watch without interrupting a current video experience. Those video & # 39; s are not saved in the queue when a browser page is closed.
The updated design will be introduced on various desktops from today, as well as the tablet version of the Android and iOS apps from YouTube. It will be available to everyone soon.