YouTube has a fresh and colorful new look on mobile, web and TV.
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(Pocket-lint) – YouTube has announced a refresh to its app across multiple platforms, with a colorful new look, including on smart TVs.
The new version of YouTube is rolling out and the company says it’s about adding color to proceedings. To this end, a mode called “ambient” takes the main color of the video on the screen and applies it to the rest of the interface. This is apparently an homage to the way light escapes from a television screen when viewed in the dark.
Unfortunately, Ambient Mode will only be available on web and mobile, and even then you’ll need to use the dark theme to see it. Those who prefer their YouTube to be a little brighter are unfortunately out of luck.
As for the dark theme, YouTube says it’s now darker than ever, in an effort to make content stand out more. There’s has at least one good news: the updated dark theme will be available on smart TVs, mobile phones and the YouTube website.
YouTube also wants to make links easier to access. YouTube links in video descriptions will be replaced with buttons, and common actions like downloading, sharing, and liking content will get a cleaner layout to reduce distractions.
Another improvement is the addition of the “pinch to zoom” function, which allows iPhone and Android users to do just that: pinch a video to enlarge it. If it’s something you’ve always wanted to do, go for it. This is a new feature that will be perfect for all those Bob Ross painting videos.
You can also see examples of what YouTube’s changes mean for the way you use YouTube in the company’s blog post.
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Written by Oliver Haslam.