YouTube Android App Receives a New Look

Google has made the YouTube app more ergonomic.

It wasn’t that long ago that we had reviewers slamming aspects of BlackBerry 10. They would say that the BB10 UI was not intuitive enough. Apparently the lack of a home button was just too much for reviewers at the time. But BB10 was actually very far ahead of the game in a few aspects, and even now, a few years after BB10 was introduced, we’re still seeing other platforms “catching up” with a few of BlackBerry’s well thought out UI aspects. This time, it’s YouTube.

I’ll be honest, I don’t use the app often. Generally, if I’m going to watch a YouTube video, I’ll simply watch it embedded in whatever post I’m looking at. But on those few occasions when I do use the app, it just doesn’t seem very well thought out. Don’t get me wrong, it does exactly what it’s supposed to be. It’s not a lack of functionality. It’s more a bother that the app is essentially a two handed app. Apps should not need two hands. But things may be getting better in this regard.

The app has gotten a little bit better by doing something which BB10 did from the beginning. YouTube now has a bottom navigation bar. For some of the things we do in the app, we no longer have to reach all the way to the top of our phones.

While reaching to the top of your phone to click menus doesn’t seem like too much of a task, it can be bothersome when you’re used to a much better way. That better way being of course, having a bottom navigation bar as opposed to a top navigation bar. Just as BlackBerry designed on BB10.

The update to the app should be hitting all users now. Have you noticed the difference? Do you prefer having a navigation bar on the bottom of your screen? Let us know.


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