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YouTube Introduces New User Interface

New User Interface (UI) brings great features for its users

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Youtube's new User Interface (UI) will provide better user experience. Pixabay

With larger and easier-to-interact buttons, Google-owned content sharing platform YouTube is testing a revamped user interface (UI) for the “Up Next” videos on Android.

This new interface is more straightforward with larger touch targets. In the top-left corner is a numeric countdown that specifies how many seconds are remaining before the next video begins.

The biggest enhancement is two large, side-by-side buttons to “Cancel” or “Play Now.” The latter is lighter in colour, while the former action can also be accomplished by an “X” in the top-right corner of the screen, 9To5Google reported on Sunday.

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Youtube brings a new User Interface with larger thumbnails and play button. Pixabay

A larger preview thumbnail is included as part of the test interface, with title and uploader details next to it. Besides, the new cancel button is much easier to tap.

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So far, the test interface has only been spotted on YouTube app version 14.31.50.

In a bid to curb the spread of hateful and racist comments on its platform, earlier in June, YouTube began experimenting with hiding video comments by default in India. (IANS)

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YouTube to Kill its Direct Messaging Feature

But it’s not clear why the Google-owned platform has decided to retire the feature. It’s being said YouTube would focus on beefing up the site’s comments section

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FILE - Silhouettes are seen in front of a Youtube logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Oct. 29, 2014. VOA

YouTube direct messaging service, not the most popular way to chat for a large number of users, is set to fade out soon.

“In August 2017, YouTube introduced a ‘Messages’ feature for its mobile apps and later the web. Two years later, the Google video site announced that it’s killing the built-in chatting functionality next month.

“The direct messaging feature is a quick way to share videos directly on YouTube. It supports both individual and group conversations, with the last major update in May 2018 when YouTube Messages was rolled out to the web,” 9to5Google reported on Tuesday.

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FILE – Signage is seen inside the YouTube Space LA offices in Los Angeles, California, Oct. 21, 2015. VOA

But it’s not clear why the Google-owned platform has decided to retire the feature. It’s being said YouTube would focus on beefing up the site’s comments section.

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As a replacement, Google simply advises users to share links in other social networks. YouTube killing Messages is unlikely to cause an outcry — unlike Hangouts Classic — with many learning about or remembering that the feature existed today, the report added. (IANS)