YouTube rolled out a new update to their Android app on Tuesday night. The update brings the app to version 10.24 – yes we do have the APK, you can download it at the bottom of this post. The update isn't a huge one, we're mostly seeing bug changes and a few visual UI tweaks. Some of you may notice, but also may not notice, that the pull out drawer now has a lighter set of icons. They've also changed up a few of the icons there, mainly for notifications and uploads. As we mentioned, Google has added a splash screen to the app. Which is something we've been seeing in more and more of their apps lately. The purpose of the splash screen is to allow the app to load up everything behind the scenes, so it won't be there that long. Other than bug fixes, that's pretty much it.
However, we know Android Police was going to tear down the update, and they did find some interesting tid bits. You may remember back in March, YouTube had begun experimenting with a new UI. It was a tab-based UI, and well it looks like that UI might be rolling out to everyone, or at least be on a server-side switch. According to the code in the update APK. There is also some tutorial text inside the code, which is usually used when there is a new UI in an app. This is to help users figure out where everything has gone. As we know, not everyone likes change.
There's also a new upload button, in the form of a floating-action-button. This isn't quite live, but the file is there, so perhaps it'll be coming to YouTube soon. While the app did get a material design refresh late last year, along with a number of other Google apps, it looks like it might be getting more material design real soon.
As mentioned above, we do have the APK. Simply grab it from the link below and install it on your phone. It will replace your current YouTube app.
Download: YouTube v10.24