YouTube has announced a massive UI update across all platforms. Some parts of the new redesign have been tested previously with a limited number of users. Let's talk about the main updates.
New pinch-to-zoom feature and Precise seeking
A specific area of a video can now be zoomed in with a zoom gesture. When you let go, the video stays zoomed.
YouTube also added an exact search for the right moment in the video. Swiping up from the playback status bar opens the video's storyboard to make it easier to jump to a specific location.
These two features are available for iOS and Android.
True dark mode
Dark mode now uses true black for the background instead of grayish.
YouTube has added an Ambient Mode: if you have a dark theme set, the space above and below the player will be highlighted to match the current frame of the video.
Playlists now have a "header"
Each playlist will now have a large header image at the top with start and shuffle buttons.
The red Subscribe button is no longer red
The player page has also changed. Links turned into buttons, and the red "Subscribe" button is no longer red. Now it is white or black depending on the theme of the interface.
In general, it is noticeable that all elements of the YouTube interface
become more rounded. Among them, for example, video previews and various menu items.
Updates will be rolled out gradually to all YouTube users.