YouTube’s updated outline-style icons were introduced to the Android and iOS apps last year and are now available in the main player view of the Android TV version of the streaming platform.
Over the past few months there has been a steady rollout of YouTube outline style icons, first with the above mobile apps for iOS and Android, then with the YouTube Music app and desktop versions, and now with Android TV. It’s a subtle tweak that ties all of the different platforms and the main user interface together.
The YouTube sidebar has been showing the new icons for a while, but the actual video player icons have been updated across a variety of devices over the past week and brought to our attention by the at team Android police. We’re seeing the new icons on YouTube for Android TV on multiple Chromecast with Google TV devices and some generic Android TV set-top boxes. It’s a humble change that you may not even have noticed before.
In the main view of the player, when you expand the on-screen menu, new icons and a direct display for video resolution and frame rate are now displayed, which updates one. introduced in 2020 to quickly find out what quality the YouTube video in question is being streamed in. This saves a lot of time, especially when troubleshooting or tweaking settings for the best experience.
The thinner symbols look particularly sharp on a 4K UHD television, but can be harder to see from a normal viewing distance of a few meters. That’s pretty much the only thing we can really say about this very small UI change, as it has very little effect beyond adding that resolution switch.
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