Google has been building up to something big with YouTube, as indicated by our recent APK teardowns. It looks like yet another version of the YouTube app is rolling out to devices all over the world, and we've got the file for you to check out. It's not a huge update at first glance, but maybe there's something beneath the surface.

What's New?

The first really obvious visual change is a slight reorganization of the slide-out navigation menu. If it wasn't pointed out to you, you might not even realize. What to Watch is now at the top of the list, followed by a link to your subscriptions. The drawer now only opens if you swipe from the edge, not just in the main app UI. The channels and My Subscriptions also have a new tabbed interface.

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The last version of YouTube we pulled apart has numerous references to background audio support and others have heard talk of a subscription music service. This APK appears to have some of the same things going on inside, but we're still working on the full APK Teardown. We will know more once we finish getting our hands dirty.

Update: The changelog is live:

  • Find videos, playlists and channels together in search results
  • Tabs on channel pages, for activity, videos and playlists
  • Various bug fixes and improvements, notably a fix for the Cast icon appearing over the player when Bluetooth is connected


Here's the new APK for you to install. You should be able to apply it right over top of the old app – there are no new permissions.

File name: com.google.android.youtube-5.3.23.apk

Version: 5.3.23

MD5: bb9dbfc73fa47688c75cd60ef1753b7d

Thanks, Ricky, Franco, and Charlie!

Ryan Whitwam
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  • Franco Rossel

    Channels are now tabbed and show their activity and playlists besides videos.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Good spot, we'll add, thanks.

  • Charlie Val

    You forgot the best part of the update.

    The navigation drawer now requires a swipe from the edge of the screen.

    This was so annoying when swiping really fast through videos and the drawer shows up.

    And channels have tabs now.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Another nice spot! Subtle but awesome.

    • dmo580

      Actually I liked the fact that you could slide the navigation drawer out from the middle of the page. It's annoying with these big screen phones to always reach to the edge, and it's particularly annoying with 1 hand.

      Oh well.

      • Ricardo Neves

        Yeah, unless they're going to implement swipe-left/right actions, i don't see why they did this. But i can adapt, no big deal.

    • Casin

      The two things I was waiting for didn't happen. No background audio and no saving for offline. I would give my thanks to Google for these features but I guess not.

    • NoBullet

      I think 4.4 causes that. Because I noticed apps that used to slide from the mid screen no longer does this, and they werent updated.

    • Gabriel Melo

      Actually, the edge of the screen is being used by a handful of apps now to give control to background actions or such things. Recently here on AP i spotted a player that used the right edge of the phone to trigger the player. I particularly use and depend on the app "Edge" which uses the edge scroll to trigger a menu with the home, back and app drawer button, since my nexus 4 has a broken sceen at the bottom part, taking my virtual buttons out of operation (thanks, LG, for making this phone glass-sided AND embedding the digitizer on the glass. such a combination!).

      Well, the point is, when these system-controling edge apps get in conflict with in-app edge controls, what will happen? I don't know. To me this seems to be the "what the heck the back buttons does" v2.0 popping in.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Official [incomplete, of course] changelog is out now:

    What's New

    * Find videos, playlists and channels together in search results

    * Tabs on channel pages, for activity, videos and playlists

    * Various bug fixes and improvements, notably a fix for the Cast icon appearing over the player when Bluetooth is connected

    • Jordan Long

      where is your 'cast' icon?

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Mine's fine. Ryan's wasn't there for some reason, but it is in the 2nd set of shots.

    • Guest

      Thank god for the cast icon bug fix, finally. Drove me crazy when I tried to watch some podcasts in car while phone is connected to car stereo via bluetooth.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Seriously, that was a big PITA, had to restart the whole app sometimes just to see through the gray overlay.

      • iDarKz

        I had the same problem using a bluetooth speaker. It was really annoying, I had to start the video and then connect the speaker while the video was playing...

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    I hate the tab bar on subscriptions, waste of space.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Hate is such a strong word.

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        I'm listening, edited my comment.

    • Mark V

      Okay I don't mean to make this a personal attack or anything but I used to follow you on Twitter and now I don't simply because of this. You're so bloody negative, I can't even deal with it.

      • Simon Belmont

        Haha. Soap opera time.

        *Grabs popcorn.* Yum.

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        Can't deny that, just how I am. Love pointing out the negatives more than the positives, truth be told I'm aware of this, and I'm trying to change... obviously not hard enough, thanks for pointing this out, I'll try harder, maybe a week of ignoring the negatives and see how I deal with it. Mind if I ask, what is your @?

  • Appman17

    Will it work with Bluetooth devices now? A few updates ago it had an icon which let you choose which audio source you wanted. Now that option is gone, but that icon (the chromecast icon too) can sometimes be displayed over a greyed out video if you're on bluetooth. It is terribad.

    The "navigation drawer requires a swipre from the edge" is the best news I have ever heard though.

    • akshay7394

      It will, it's in the changelog.

  • selonmoi

    Bravo for the cast icon bug fix! I just got a Chromecast, and that was driving me crazy. I was wondering if I was doing something wrong.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I echo your excitement.

  • frwdu

    Yet there is still no (pull to refresh) on "my subscriptions page"

    • Nick V

      It's funny because I often try to do this, as it is so common now.

  • Itchy_Robot

    These download links are terrible... I always feel like I'm about to download a virus with all the fake download links.

  • epsiblivion

    on their ama months ago they said they're adding "my subscriptions" as default home screen on the web and on apps. seriously where is this feature? I've long ago bookmarked subscriptions and click that on my desktop browser instead of typing youtube.com or clicking the app but the android app just loads what to watch/recommended. infuriating, everytime you have to go to the sidebar and select subscriptions.

  • http://www.youtube.com/kimirPORTALS kimir

    Channels show up in searches now.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. I do like that.

      I am so trained to automatically switch the filter to channels, that I was still doing it even when they showed up after a search. Gotta retrain myself.

  • Kolyan24k

    This update reintroduced "white bar" bug on top of screen again. This was a problem before with YouTube and later got fixed. Go full screen and then exit full screen, white bar will be on top of screen until u kill app. I am on S4


    Not sure if its new to this update, but its my fist time seeing this shit: push notifications. Found an opt out in settings.

    • Simon Belmont

      That was in a previous update. I never really saw what it did, actually.

      Nice that you can opt out though. Yay.

      • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

        It was actually cool, it notified you of certain new uploads from you subscriptions box, it never once annoyed me, and it always picked a video I would have wanted to see. And there's a lot of stuff in my subscriptions daily that I would never watch.

  • Simon Belmont

    I think this might be the first time I got the update before AP posted about it. Probably just a twist of luck on my part as I checked my updates out of boredom during a commercial break.

    I wish they'd have made the "Videos" the default and not the "Activity" inside of the channels. I also wish they'd add the ability to get to your TV queue from the hamburger menu, when you're connected to a Chromecast. It's a pain to get to unless you already have a video playing. Just my two cents.

  • David Thoren

    Anyone else notice that the notification drawer (and in fact the controls at the top of the display) are all shifted left as much as off screen a bit in landscape? On a nexus 4, CM 10.2, updated youtube about an hour ago.

    And now weirdly it isn't doing it....

  • Pär Dahlberg

    Nice. Hopefully this fixes all the bugs I've expereienced in the previous version. Like failing to resume the video after having the device sleeping for some time. Also from sleep, if the video is played from a playlist it was given the title of another video in the same list. Removing a video from a playlist and playing something after that point in the list played the wrong video.

  • Mark Smith

    It needs to display the number of new videos beside each channel like it does in the web version, hopefully the next update will bring this!

  • Primalxconvoy

    Still think "tubemate" is a better app.

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Still no refresh button or drag down to refresh for subscription videos. D=

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      I have to force close the app every time... because my subscriptions is always out of sync, wish they just implemented a refresh feature.

  • firethorn

    I only wish they'd provide an option for the app to go straight to My Subscriptions rather than What to Watch. Alternatively, don't make videos I already watched show up in What to Watch, to improve the feature's usefulness.

    Despite all criticism, looks like a nice update overall.

    • http://blog.tonysarju.com/ Tony Sarju

      I hate that they removed this feature. I always just want to go straight to my subscriptions. It's a few more clicks to accomplish this on every launch of the app now.

  • Yuliang Huang

    Hopefully they have fixed the black overlay issue when you have a connected bluetooth device.

  • Peter

    5.3.24 now rolling out

  • Morph

    Nobody noticed the new bug that appears when you are in one of your subscribed chanel's Activity tab and many of the videos appear doubled on the screen? It is really annoying.