YouTube update for desktop brings new design and playlist enhancements

how to download youtube video firefox chrome browser plugins addons logo

YouTube is starting to roll out the latest redesign to its Web interface, at the same time adding a few new features to hopefully enhance your video-streaming experience.

Design-wise, the team behind the Google-owned site has moved to a center-aligned look, which helps it fit more neatly on screens of all sizes, YouTube Web developer Yining Zhao said in a blog post introducing the changes. The refreshed layout also moves the desktop version closer to the look of YouTube’s mobile apps, which, says Zhao, are now used as much as the Web version.

They’ve done some work geared toward enhancing the playlist element of the service, too. For example, clicking on the guide icon to the right of the YouTube logo will bring up all your playlists – including those from other channels you like – as well as your subscriptions and other information, while new editing options are set to smooth out the process of creating and managing playlists.

youtube updateIn addition, you can now “quickly flip between what’s recommended and popular in What to Watch….and the latest from your subscribed channels in My Subscriptions, with both options now front and center,” Zhao wrote.

This latest update comes just weeks after Google appointed Susan Wojcicki as head of YouTube, taking over from Salar Kamangar who’d been charge for a little over three years. Wojcicki, who was once described as “the most important Googler you’ve never heard of,” arrived in her new position from the top job in the Web giant’s ads and commerce division.

According to Google CEO Larry Page, the new boss has “a healthy disregard for the impossible and is excited about improving YouTube in ways that people will love,” so it’s safe to say we can expect a whole lot more changes at the streaming site as the year rolls on.


Rekindled yet again, Nokia’s next-gen phones offer more than just nostalgia

HMD Global, a startup that designs and builds Nokia Android smartphones, wants to put the Nokia brand name back “where it belongs.” It helps that it’s made up of ex-Nokia employees. We go behind the scenes to see how HMD formed.
Home Theater

Plex is the latest player to contemplate the subscription streaming game

With massive reach thanks to its client app being supported virtually every media device on the planet, Plex is now looking at the future of its media curation platform. A future that may include free and subscription services.

Learn how to play YouTube in the background on iOS and Android

We show you how to play YouTube in the background with apps such as Opera, Chrome, and Firefox -- along with the premium offerings like YouTube Premium -- whether you have an Android or iOS device.

Google is giving its G Suite web apps new touches of visual improvements

Your G Suite applications will soon have a different look. Several of the web apps are getting updated with subtle visual improvements inspired by Google's Material Design guidelines. 

Protect your expensive new laptop with the best Macbook cases

If you recently picked up a new MacBook, you’ll want something to protect its gorgeous exterior. Here, we've gathered the best MacBook cases and covers, whether you're looking for style or protection.

Watch out for these top-10 mistakes people make when buying a laptop

Buying a new laptop is exciting, but you need to watch your footing. There are a number of pitfalls you need to avoid and we're here to help. Check out these top-10 laptop buying mistakes and how to avoid them.
Product Review

LG Gram 14 proves 2-in-1 laptops don’t need to sacrifice battery for light weight

The LG Gram 14 2-in-1 aims to be very light for a laptop that converts to a tablet. And it is. But it doesn’t skimp on the battery, and so it lasts a very long time on a charge.

Don't spend a fortune on a PC. These are the best laptops under $300

Buying a laptop needn't mean spending a fortune. If you're just looking to browse the internet, answer emails, and watch Netflix, you can pick up a great laptop at a great price. These are the best laptops under $300.

Dell XPS 13 vs. Asus Zenbook 13: In battle of champions, who will be the victor?

The ZenBook 13 UX333 continues Asus's tradition of offering great budget-oriented 13-inch laptop offerings. Does this affordable machine offer enough value to compete with the excellent Dell XPS 13?

Take a trip to a new virtual world with one of these awesome HTC Vive games

So you’re considering an HTC Vive, but don't know which games to get? Our list of 25 of the best HTC Vive games will help you out, whether you're into rhythm-based gaming, interstellar dogfights, or something else entirely.

The Asus ZenBook 13 offers more value and performance than Apple's MacBook Air

The Asus ZenBook 13 UX333 is the latest in that company's excellent "budget" laptop line, and it looks and feels better than ever. How does it compare to Apple's latest MacBook Air?

AMD Radeon VII will support DLSS-like upscaling developed by Microsoft

AMD's Radeon VII has shown promise with early tests of an open DLSS-like technology developed by Microsoft called DirectML. It would provide similar upscale features, but none of the locks on hardware choice.

You could be gaming on AMD’s Navi graphics card before the end of the summer

If you're waiting for a new graphics card from AMD that doesn't cost $700, you may have to wait for Navi. But that card may not be far away, with new rumors suggesting we could see a July launch.

Is AMD's Navi back on track for 2019? Here's everything you need to know

With a reported launch in 2019, AMD is focusing on the mid-range market with its next-generation Navi GPU. Billed as a successor to Polaris, Navi promises to deliver better performance to consoles, like Sony's PlayStation 5.