YouTube tests redesign with help from Cosmic Panda

YouTube tests redesign with help from Cosmic Panda

Summary: What exactly is a Cosmic Panda? Before you get any outlandish ideas, it's just YouTube's latest "TestTube" experiment.

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What exactly is a Cosmic Panda? Before you get any outlandish ideas, it's just YouTube's latest "TestTube" experiment.

Basically, Google is doing to YouTube what's been doing to some of its other Apps lately - namely redesigns on Gmail and Calendar.

It also looks like Google is getting more, um, creative with the naming of new versions of its products, à la Android. (See: Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb and...Ice Cream Sandwich.)

Thus, the Cosmic Panda (pictured) plays the host, if you will, to YouTube's future look "over the double rainbow." Somewhere in reality, that just means a different layout for videos and playlists as well as some better editing tools.

Chrome users will be treated to even more features, including the ability to maintain video playback while toggling between videos, playlists, and channels.

YouTube subscribers can elect to test drive the new look (seen below) with the Cosmic Panda in shotgun now. If users feel very strongly one way or the other, there is a Feedback space where users can give input as this design isn't necessarily the finished product. If they really don't like it, they can switch back to the Classic version - at least for the time being.

Hopefully, this option will stay in place for those who do not like it, as that choice is available for Google Calendar. (For example, even though I like the new Google Calendar layout, I don't think it works for Gmail and would rather stay with my current theme.)

As for the new YouTube look, my initial thoughts are that while the video window is larger and has a sleeker look than before, I don't like how large the related videos are and how that list is pushed down so far by an advertisement. Nevertheless, advertising will always win on YouTube.

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  • RE: YouTube tests redesign with help from Cosmic Panda

    Nyan Cat? Really?
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • I'll be honest

    I like this, I like it a lot.
    Michael Alan Goff
  • RE: YouTube tests redesign with help from Cosmic Panda

    I just tried the new YouTube design out (couldn't resist clicking on something with such a cute name) but am a bit ambivalent about the new look. Maybe that's a good thing because it means the team made subtle changes. I do like having all the related videos listed under a separate tab where I can read the full video titles (usually I have to mouseover videos to figure them out).
    -gloria
    Gloria Sin
  • RE: YouTube tests redesign with help from Cosmic Panda

    it's a lot better then it was and plays a lot better on my <a href="http://www.android-tablet.org/category/android/">Google Android Tab</a> then before
    Jeffrey1980
  • RE: YouTube tests redesign with help from Cosmic Panda

    I like this change. It's really cool. Every thing changes nowadays such as the new look of <a href="http://www.modernhouses.ca">modern houses</a> or the new <a href="http://www.coffeetabledesigns.org">coffee table designs</a> I saw in <a href="http://www.torontofurniturestores.net">Toronto furniture stores</a>. YouTube is vulnerable to change too and I love the new look.
    lyncarmel