YouTube for Android TV Will Be Getting New UI

At Google I/O, there was mention of YouTube Kids and YouTube 360-degree videos, although another new feature seemed not to get mentioned for Android TV users: a full redesign of the YouTube app.

The design was teased first in the general keynote during the 360-degree video demo for the living room. The presenter speaks into a Shield TV remote to do a voice search for 360-degree videos. The UI of the search results looked similar, but notably different from the current Leanback template.

The results have a white shadow on a dark background, contrasting with the dark shadows standard with material design. The sidebar has a home and a playlists icon. There’s also settings and an overflow icon. The user’s profile icon appears in the top-left corner, perhaps making account switching more convenient, or perhaps not.

To make certain that this new UI is coming to Android TV specifically, take a look at a clip from the “What’s New in Android TV” session, where they are opening a video from the new launcher into YouTube. Although it appears for a split-second before buffering the video, you can see the same user interface and style.

This new design will likely launch soon, with the 360-degree video feature. At that time we will be able to better assess the new design and how it may improve upon the current interface.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub (http://github.com/fleker) Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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  • Pedro Verdugo

    Hopefully this is not just the Web wrapper used on Fire TV, yes it has all Youtube features unlike the current app, but the current app is faster and more intuitive to use in my opinion, so hopefully the app developers have not given up yet in adding the other features to an actual native app.