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Did Google Just Send Us All a YouTube 5.5.26 Update Meant to be Internally Dogfooded?

Sooooo, YouTube just updated on all sorts of devices, which often times prompts us to write it up. Thing is, today’s update is different than most as it appears to have been an update targeted to employees of Google. Once updated, you’ll see that the YouTube icon has changed to an icon with a bone inside, which means it is part of their “dogfooding” program. Dogfooding, meaning internal testing. 

The update brings us to v5.5.26, with the previous public release being v5.3.32.

We’re still digging for changes, but wanted to make sure you all tried to update to get in on the goods. This probably won’t happen very often.

If you don’t have the update, the .apk can be downloaded here.


  • Kikyo_k

    I had to uninstall this update on my Samsung Galaxy S4 because it made all the videos play in black and white! The thumbnails were in color though. Dumb.

  • LTEasy

    imma stay with 5.5.26. works fine on my G2

  • Patrick Crumpler

    5.5.27 here.

  • What I’ve noticed is that there’s less videos to scroll through in the main ‘videos’ tab under ‘Subscriptions’

  • Ajmobileguru

    Force closes on LG G2 🙁

    • GJV

      Disable YouTube Adaway in xposed and it will work. At least that’s what got it working on my G2. Also I’m on 5.5.27 and no dogbone.

  • George St. Martin

    This update doesn’t work with YouTube Adaway from xposed installer.

    • Colby Gonzalez

      Ditto, disappoint.

  • Mark Mann

    5.5.27, no bone

  • Mantis99

    I got the Dog Food on my Moto X but version 5.5.27 on my Nexus 10

  • Fiorta

    I have 5.5.27….

    • Adrynalyne


  • Andrew Sharrow

    “Dogfood” menu item available under the settings in app. Has a few settings for exoplayer in it.

  • Pratik Holla

    Lol all my videos show up in Black and white!

    • rell

      Do u know how do I get the color back?

  • Jason Kahn

    Playlist page is different

  • Joe

    I have the dog bone icon on my Droid DNA. Runs fine.

  • Cruz R.

    So far its working with no problems on Nexus 5.

  • mrmacatac


  • Colby Gonzalez

    I just downloaded the Fido update.. And now it force closes, and the .27 update has not come to my Verizon moto x yet 🙁

    • Trickie Tom

      Just checked and I have an update for youtube on my moto x.. downloading now.. also another touchless control update.. i love the last one.. 😛

      • Colby Gonzalez

        Its actually pretty useful! I woof… I mean I love it

  • Nje

    Can’t stay connected to chromecast anyone else having the same problem? Just started today nexus 7.

  • djdsf

    Seems you can now flag videos while watching them in full screen (menu button while in video, same one used to get to the CC and HD settings)

  • Severo Rivera

    I just noticed that you can finally reply to comments. Yes!

  • Chris

    Not sure if its new to this “update” but it looks like you can now reply to comments.

  • crazed_z06

    Looks like they fixed it.. just updated and have 5.5.27… no dog bone icon lol

    • Lonnie Brownell

      Hrm, not sure. I just got it, and the app version in About says 5.5.26-DOGFOOD. The icon in the app drawer also shows a dog bone.

      • Dominick White

        Same here, but they are trying to push the. 27 update

    • Tyson

      I’m also on 5.5.27

  • fartbubbler


    • Severo Rivera


      • Kevin


        • El_Big_CHRIS


  • ken147

    New options in the setting menu.


  • steven sullivan

    i got it about 630pm today.

  • Pdiddy187

    Google throwing us a bone.

  • jofficus44

    Doesn’t seem to let me switch between YouTube profiles …

  • Ben Lee

    They’ve already pushed out 5.5.27 with no dogbone.

    • Jared Denman

      Mine has it

  • The Narrator

    Still sucks like always

    • JRUIV


  • Cyber Jethro

    There’s a new tab in the settings menu label dogfood with some new settings.

  • TSK

    App version under settings clearly says “5.5.26-DOGFOOD.” Whoopsy!

  • Got it. Doesn’t seem any different.

    • Chris

      why would it?

      why would every single update require a new interface?

      • Menger40

        Wow. Bad day at work? The guy’s just saying that he didn’t notice any big changes. Sometimes updates have those, sometimes they don’t.

      • Tim242

        He said seem, not look. Comprehension is key.

        • Marikel

          You literally always act like a cunt on here it’s annoying

          • Tim242

            Chris, your comment was that of a cunt. Get over it.

  • Matthew Morgan

    Force close on N7..

  • Colin Huber

    Oh boy fun!

    • Wilbur

      Beavers? This is Wildcat country! 😛

      • Colin Huber

        Anything but the Oregon Ducks, my friend. Sorry, Tim and K-Dog.

        • michael arazan

          Cough, cough, Mizzou Tigers, cough, cough

      • paulqg

        BEAR DOWN!

      • az

        w-i-l-d CATS

  • TJWaterskier


  • Tim242

    Still no playing in background : (

    • TechTinker11

      Would that ever change? Probably not, theirs third party solutions to that, and is meh at best, at least to me, I hardly see a use. Samsungs Multiscreen in stock android would be a better adaption.

      • Tim242

        Yes, it will change. Android Police found background audio code in an APK from Oct 2013. It is coming. Multiscreen is nice, but I’d like the option to have the screen off to save battery, for those times I just need to hear the audio.

        • Cory

          Just because Android Police found it in the code doesn’t necessarily mean it is coming. It could have just been something Google was testing but decided to drop.

    • TheDrunkenClam

      Someone explain what this means please?

      • Tim242

        They are supposed to be implementing background audio, like music players. That way you could navigate away from YouTube while it continues to play.

        • Maxim∑

          Youtube changed the EULA, this was once possible on Android and iOS.

          • Rich

            You still can with a modified APK. I do it all the time.

  • Mike

    I got the update but no icon change.

    • Mike

      Ah nevermind, it did change.

    • The icon within the YouTube player

      • Marikel

        It also changes on the home screen. Not only in the app.



  • Tirionfive

    Crashing my My Moto X. Possibly because I have Xposed.

    • Tim242

      Working fine on my S4 with Xposed.

    • TJWaterskier

      Works fine on my Moto X Xposed

    • mercado79

      Force closing on my VZ Moto X, rooted 4.4.2 (Safestrap) with Xposed installed including YouTube adblock. I’ll try disabling that now…

    • Jesús Martínez

      Yes, I also have a Moto X and the same problem with Youtube Adblock.

  • Derek

    The app is force closing on my phone after update. I am guessing its related?

    • Tirionfive

      What kind of phone?

    • prodromo

      Disable adblock youtube in xposed

  • Jason Dolbear

    Also changes the icon on your home screen as well.