YouTube, it seems, is all set to get a facelift soon. The Google-owned video sharing site is testing out a new interface with deeper Google+ integration, a revamped homepage and a new subscriptions dashboard. The update is currently visible to only a small number of users; so, impatient ones will have make do with the screenshots till Google rolls out the changes for everyone. Without much ado, here’s an overview of what’s about to come.
The new interface differs quite a lot from Cosmic Panda, which is one of the many experimental features offered by YouTube. The revamped homepage will include a new sidebar on the left which will allow users to easily jump between their favorite channels. The sidebar will also include links to popular and trending videos thus making it easier to explore new content. Similarly, on the right, you’ll find that the videos are now displayed in a single-column layout with more focus on content and bigger thumbnails.
Google Plus integration
If someone in your Google Plus circles shares a video with you, that video will also show up on your personal YouTube homescreen .
The YouTube button
Clicking on the YouTube logo on the top left part of the screen will take you to the YouTube Guide page : http://www.youtube.com/guide
Improved Video Page
The video page gets even more minimalistic with a clean and gray interface that’s easy on the eyes. Instead of two, now there are three buttons beneath the video: Shrink, Expand and Fullscreen. Apart from that, there isn’t much difference between the current layout and the new one.
There’s no official word from YouTube as to when this changes will roll out, so we’ll just have to wait till more people start seeing the changes.
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