YouTube has announced that the site has begun updating the style of the homepage for users on mobile and desktop.
Essam El-Dardiry, YouTube's senior product manager discussed how the aesthetic changes of the site will benefit users in a blog post. For instance, El-Dardiry wrote that, "longer video titles and larger, richer thumbnails to give you clearer information about the video at a glance, plus higher resolution video previews."
However, El-Dardiry didn't clarify if more characters in a title will appear for each video, or whether users will be able to upload longer titled videos,
In addition to this, YouTube has added queueing feature, allowing users the ability to queue the next video, while a current one is playing, similar to a video-on-demand service.
The "add to queue" feature for desktop will mirror the Casting feature enabled within YouTube, that allows users to Cast videos to compatible devices. This feature also contains a queuing ability.
El-Dardiry also mentions that unlike the current feature, Watch Later, adding a video to queue will not be accessible after the browser has been closed. As a counter-point, it suggests that if users want to watch a curated playlist of videos over multiple viewing sessions they should use the Watch Later feature.
THE SAME, BUT NEW
In this blog post, El-Dardiry also confirms the "Don’t recommend channel" feature, announced earlier this year, will be available on desktops and tablet versions of the platform soon.
Announcing the feature in July 2019, El-Dardiry wrote, "sometimes, we recommend videos from channels you haven’t seen before based on what other viewers with similar interests have liked and watched in the past,"
"When we’re suggesting videos based on this, you'll now see more information underneath the video in a small box. Our goal is to explain why these videos surface on your homepage in order to help you find videos from new channels you might like."