YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has said the YouTube app is set to update to be more adaptive to users’ screens and alignments.
The app will now support mobile-friendly shapes and aspect ratios. No longer will mobile viewers be expected to conform to desktop standards.
As Wojcicki explains, ‘if you’re watching a vertical, square or horizontal video, the YouTube player will seamlessly adapt itself, filling the screen exactly the way they should.’
Mobile always in mind
Screen-maximised YouTube experiences will definitely appeal to content consumers. They’ll be good for brands too, whose images will be increasingly visible even on smaller-screened mobile devices.
With 1.5 billion logged in viewers watching YouTube watching each month—and each of those spending around an hour a day watching videos their phone—it’s no wonder mobile remains a priority.
Wojcicki first made public mention of the new app features in late June, stating that the app updates would be available ‘in the coming weeks.’ While that’s certainly not a firm deadline, it signals that we will not be waiting months.
So, keep an eye out for a YouTube app update. This could roll out any day. I'm going to go check again right now…
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