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YouTube for iOS has a new face and a couple of new tweaks that seem to have iOS fans cramming to the app page, leaving one star reviews.
The app makeover introduced Google’s Material design and quite a number of video editing features. These new tools are an added value for YouTube for iOS. Reminiscent of some features also found in the iMovie app, the new video editing tools allow users to add filters, add music and trim the videos, prepping them for being online. However, for some users this is not enough.
One of the main points against the new YouTube for iOS is that the app does not include various iOS 9 features or multi-tasking support.
The fact that YouTube for iOS has a new face is precisely the reason why many users took to the app’s page to rate it with one star. The red, enhanced and enlarged bar has become a nuisance and it occupies much more of the screen space. Among the adjectives used to describe the header one can find “garish”, “harsh”, and one Tweet that captures the essence reads:
“The new iOS YouTube app is horrendous. Who signed off on all that red?”
It’s easy to understand that Google wishes its products have a consistent look regardless of the platform they work on. Nonetheless, choosing Material design aesthetics for iOS might turn against it. YouTube for iOS is the best fit example.
Beyond aesthetics, another reason to complain is that the usual and so familiar “burger menu” style is gone. In order to reach Favorites, Playlists or other content on a user’s account, a lot of swiping and tapping is required.
No more left sidebar means more moves until content like history or subscriptions is reached. And iOS users aren’t happy about it. Another comment reads:
“Basically, this update got rid of all of the simple functionality that the app had, and replaced it with big pictures and pretty colors.”
The iOS 9 features most missed by users as YouTube for iOS has a new face are Split View, SlideOver or Picture-in-Picture.
Photo Credits: AppleInsider