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YouTube's fullscreen comments section is here to ruin everyone's day

YouTube's fullscreen comments section is here to ruin everyone's day

The YouTube comments section often is a special kind of hell spewing toxicity, and Google's half-hearted attempts to make it a more pleasant place aren't helping much. Following a recent redesign of how comments are displayed in the Android app, Google has now silently added the option to read them in fullscreen mode, too — the one place previously safe from having to interact with your fellow internet users.

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YouTube stops sending you to a desktop to activate experiments

YouTube stops sending you to a desktop to activate experiments

Messing around with experimental software features is a ton of fun. After all, who doesn't love to enable the newest flags in Chrome just to see what happens? YouTube has long had a hub for all of its unfinished tweaks and tools, but it was so unpublicized, you likely didn't even know it existed. That's finally starting to change, as new banners in the app are asking users to try out all sorts of incomplete options for a limited time.

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YouTube makes it easier to manage one of its most annoying features

YouTube makes it easier to manage one of its most annoying features

Not all of us are fans of YouTube autoplaying videos on its home screen, but it seems like that's here to stay. In a new test, the "feature" is picking up more exhaustive controls, making it possible to have more interaction with the active video without having to further open it.

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YouTube is testing Premium music controls for those who won’t switch to YouTube Music

YouTube is testing Premium music controls for those who won’t switch to YouTube Music

Even though Google offers a dedicated music application, a good chunk of people still can't shake the habit of catching their favorite tracks on YouTube. Google previously tried to prompt users to switch to YT Music, but it seems like it's tired of doing so as it's testing a new YouTube interface that's meant to improve the music listening experience.

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YouTube tests hiding dislike counts, since everyone out there's awful

YouTube tests hiding dislike counts, since everyone out there's awful

YouTube is no stranger to experimenting with new features, regardless of whether a proposed update is popular with its users. Its latest test is bound to draw in some negative attention, with major changes in the works for video ratings. In the coming weeks, YouTube will begin experimenting with hiding public dislike counts from view to help prevent harassment campaigns targeted towards creators.

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YouTube's latest update makes it easier to access your movies and shows

YouTube's latest update makes it easier to access your movies and shows

While Google allows customers to buy and rent movies and TV shows from both Google Play and YouTube, it's always been a bit harder to find content purchased on the latter platform. Thankfully, Google is making it a little easier to keep track of your movies and shows with a new menu option in its latest update.

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YouTube's new line-art icons are rolling out on Android

YouTube's new line-art icons are rolling out on Android

YouTube is arguably the world's largest visual platform, and from redesigning the playback UI on Android TV to adding a new button in the bottom navigation bar, the YouTube team is continually looking for ways to improve the interface. The icons used in the Android app haven't seen major changes since the 2017 material refresh, but now it looks like a significant revamp is rolling out to everyone — and it's not necessarily a change for the better.

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YouTube no longer lets you tap the seek bar to skip

YouTube no longer lets you tap the seek bar to skip

A few years ago, a YouTube update changed the video player's progress bar, extending it over the full width of the display. Ever since, it's been easy to miss the fullscreen button and hit the end of the seek bar just below it instead, often making for a frustrating experience. A YouTube app update tries to remedy that problem by preventing the bar from responding to single taps at all — you now need to hold and slide your finger to seek.

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YouTube is testing a more prominent create button in the bottom bar on Android

YouTube is testing a more prominent create button in the bottom bar on Android

YouTube has always been a little late to the design game at Google, but that doesn't mean the team isn't constantly testing little changes here and there. Apparently, the current design and location for the upload button is confusing to a large amount of mobile content creators, and so the company is testing a new design that places the upload functionality in the center of the bottom navigation bar.

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