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Video: A Look at the New YouTube App for Android, Version 5.0

As you might have seen, the new YouTube application for Android began rolling out today. It’s a big update, full of features that we think are completely video worthy, so we went ahead a made a highlights video. The biggest change you might see is an updated layout – it still has the side panel for navigating your channels and trending videos, but the colors are more light and contrasted now than they were before. It is definitely a more polished UI.Β 

The second major change is the ability to watch videos while still browsing through the app for other videos. Yep, that’s groundbreaking.

Take the tour with us in the video down below. And if you want to download the app before Google’s staged rollout hits you, head over to this post.


  • Alex Tudoran

    Here’s a full list of apps and sites that help you download YouTube
    videos https://www.favsync.com/common/publicTab/v2d4x234a4-151eece7fb451c947b351ae861e8cd9f/download-youtube-videos

  • old man jeremiah

    is it just me or can you not fast forward/backward while holding it sideways (also I hate the little screen that pops up in the corner)

  • God smells like blacks

    All you people here are autism idiot kids, grow the hell up

  • Yuri Lessa

    I hate making these types of comments but… What’s the icon pack being used on this video? ._.

  • Jonathan Paul

    allow me to leave the app and keep the video playing

    • New_Guy

      Galaxy Note 2/S4. Done.

  • fritzo2162

    Ha, at 2:34: EWW! KICK ASS WEINER!

  • andrew boon

    this is an awesome app for Android version 5.0 !

  • Ric

    Kellex your an idiot… How do you know if this isn’t the pop up feature that samsung offers, where as you can have two screens or you can email or text while watching a movie or video…

    Have you tried this on a non samsung s3 or s4 phone? no, not based on the review… NOT ALL CAN DO THAT…

    • Justin Halcomb

      I have a nexus 7 and galaxy nexus and they both can do that pull down feature

    • Steve B

      This works on everything idiot.

    • joejoe5709

      Are you trolling or just that stupid?

    • Silver Veloz

      Well, I have a 2-year old Motorola Droid Bionic, (with stock 4.1.2 Jelly Bean) and this YouTube update works just fine as Kellen’s video shows. So, yes, it does work outside of Samsung.

  • panicswhenubered

    Nice. Youtubeinception @1:50

  • Bmg1001

    Anyone feel that this app has been heavily optimized? The new update is freaking smooth, especially when pulling the video to thumbnail view in the bottom right corner!

    • New_Guy

      Seriously though, can we get all apps to be like this?!

    • Bojan Tomic

      I’m smelling that Android 5.0 is going to be similar to this! πŸ™‚

  • James P

    The connected TV option is also where you pair an Xbox 360, Wii, etc.

    • Steve B

      360? I didn’t know about this. Can you explain?

      • James P

        In the settings of the 360 YouTube app there’s a pair device option. It gives you a 9 digit code you add into connected TVs on your phone. Then you can queue videos from your phone just like Chromecast. Only downside is you have to launch the YT app on the 360 before it will allow you to do it.

        • Steve B

          Nice. Didn’t know about this. Probably won’t use it though now that I have chromecast. Thanks.

  • John

    Fantastic update. Nice job Google

  • Shawn Burke

    Fix maps

  • poop

    I saw Marques Brownlee :3 What a small world.

  • JMonkeYJ

    i was hoping the video would keep playing in a window even if you left the youtube app, but i suppose that is too much to ask πŸ™‚

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Well you wouldn’t really be leaving the app as it would still be playing the video. But it could shrink to the size of the player window.

    • New_Guy

      Just download Floating YouTube Player and boom; mind officially blown.

  • Vic

    Does it finally display 1080p on supported devices?

  • StarvingMarc

    when connected to chromecast and streaming a video, when u swipe down does the original video keep playing? this would be great for tablets when u have a group of people over watching youtube over the chromecast…?

    • Fresh360

      The answer to your question is yes it will continue to play thru Chromecast when the video is minimized BUT keep in mind Chromecast is NOT mirroring your phone so your phone can be in another app or completely off and Chromecast will continue to play.

  • LionStone

    Its weird the icon in the app drawer in the video is different than the bold new red one that is in mine?

    • Chris

      He has an icon pack!

      • LionStone

        Ah! Of course!

  • And I didn’t think they could make the Android YouTube app any better, I was wrong… (happily)

  • dannyyang524

    Good job google! πŸ˜€

  • tube

    BUFFER!! YouTube has gone downhill since the Google acquisition!……. Come get me, fanboys! But you know it’s true!

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    • Elliot Kotis

      Since 2006? They year after it started? Yeah, Google has owned it for 7/8 years.

  • joejoe5709

    Pretty cool! It actually takes a little getting used to! Definitely some pretty awesome things in the pipeline the next couple months.

  • blackjaguar25

    Pressing the return or back button on my S3 did the pop-out box thing too.

    • joejoe5709

      I almost wish it didn’t. I mind doing the swipe thing or hitting the actual button. Hitting the back button should close that video. IMO.

      • IncCo

        especially when the video has ended !

  • Anon

    Hopefully the #1 improvement in the Youtube app is that it actually works. To view Youtube videos.

  • CaptRedCup

    I sure hope they fixed the buffering/lag whereas I stopped having any interest in the app due to its suckiness.

    • michael arazan

      Your connection speed is the most likely reason for buffering, when I was on 3G and minimal ram I used to get buffering all the time. Your phone is only as fast as the network

  • yoklele

    I’m more of a swipe to the left to close things type of guy. *sigh*

    • blackjaguar25

      You can do that.

    • Elliot Kotis

      You can swipe right, Kellex hadn’t tried it yet πŸ˜‰

  • Tyler Durden

    This is awesome, especially since this means Android 5.0 will be quite amazing as well.

    • Just_Some_Nobody


      • Tyler Durden

        Have you not noticed recent updates? Or just trolling? Yeah, probably trolling.

      • joejoe5709

        Assuming this is a sign of things to come from Android 5.0 meaning KLP is likely to be very Google Now-esque. At least that’s the theory anyway.

        Personally I think Google’s apps will all incorporate one Google Now design language across all platforms (iOS, WP, Android, etc.) while Android itself will remain a little more futuristic/techy like it is now.

  • Tim242

    The icon changed!

    • anezarati

      yes! the new icon looks slick

  • Castortroy

    Still cant view top rated comments and thumbs up/down comments.

    • Yuri Lessa

      Bur that’s the worst feature on YouTube so it’s okay.

  • kixofmyg0t

    Heh, that’s not the Moto X Kellex.

    • Tyler Durden

      but it looks so good on a 1080p screen πŸ™‚

  • XvierX

    You should play with youtube on the N7. There are a few new features that are not available on a phone.

  • Federico Mori

    I am experiencing a black screen as I maximize minimized or videos on Samsung Galaxy i9500 android 4.2.2 official S4

    • Joseph A. Yager

      That’s frustrating. It’s working surprisingly smoothly on my gnex running PA 3.97.

  • [email protected]

    Would it kill these Devs to make the app background BLACK? If you try to say its easier to see….You’re BLIND

    • turdbogls

      “these Devs”? as in Google?
      if you keep track of the android app design guidelines you would know they are going away from the dark theme…..this is the card UI….using slighly gray background with white “cards”
      I personally prefer this style, but i know there are users out there that love the blacked out look….thankfully this is android, and finding a blacked out youtube 5.0 app shouldn’t be too hard to find πŸ™‚

  • Does this officially kill the nexus Q now?

    • Elliot Kotis

      No, Google did that ages ago, plus the ChromeCast did.

      • I meant more in regards to support. YouTube was the last application that still worked with the Nexus Q, curious if it is now gone.

        • Elliot Kotis

          Ah, probably, yes.

    • Kokomo

      Why are you getting down-voted for asking a simple question?

  • Freedoooom

    Between the Youtube app and Chrome for desktop, these updates that keep changing the UI so often are getting old.

  • Kokomo

    This is a video of Kellex watching a video of himself making a video! Go Kellex!

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      • poop

        When the next big YT update comes, Kellex should watch this video of him watching another video. And it could be an endless cycle.

    • New_Guy

      Can we get a “Yo Dawg!” meme please!

      “I heard you like watchin videos…so put a video inside yo video so you can tube while you tube!!!”

      • Kokomo

        Sorry Kellex, the people asked. Who would I be if I ignored the people?

        • New_Guy

          Haha! Oh man, . that was just fantastic. Thank you πŸ™‚

  • TheRobotCow

    For a second i thought this was the youtube app for the yet unconfirmed Android 5.0

    • joejoe5709

      Tricky title is tricky. πŸ˜‰