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YouTube App Adds New Recording Icon & Improved Interface

March 1, 2016 - Written By John Anon

Like many of Google’s services, YouTube receives routine and regular updates. Some improve on the features already in place while others introduce new features. Some of the updates come with a clear and public announcement and some slip by requiring them to be noticed by the end-user. The most recent of which was a new blurring tool which became available for video creators last week. Speaking of which, around the same time reports also came through detailing that a new team has been put together to better deal with creator copyright issues. Following on from those reports and it now looks like a new update is in the process of rolling out, although it is currently not clear if everyone is seeing the update yet.

Either way, what the update brings is a reworking to the design layout of how a YouTube user uploads videos. The first and most obvious change is that the upload icon (think arrow pointing up) has now been removed and replaced by a camcorder icon. However, if you dig a little further by clicking on the camcorder icon, the whole interface now seems to have changed.

When uploading videos, users used to be presented with a lot of empty white space in the background. That open space has now been replaced with a darker background, so while it still shows an open area, it is far less noticeable and more in-keeping with the rest of the screen. Not to mention, at the very top of the screen is a live feed window for the rear camera. Currently, this live feed window simply acts as a shortcut to the camera recording app and once pressed will open the camera app in recording mode. Once a video has been recorded, the options are then offered to either delete the video, redo the video or immediately upload to YouTube. At present, the update does seem to have gone live for some so there is a good chance that it is already in place on your device. If not, then it likely will in due course. You can see examples of how the new interface and camcorder icon look in the images below.

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