Its a restricted A/B beta take a look at, for now


The colour pink is a large a part of YouTube’s model id. The video-sharing platform is consistently including new options and altering its UI throughout platforms, however Google’s builders typically go away the pink parts untouched. Scorching on the heels of a current main UI overhaul, YouTube seems to be testing colour variations for the video progress bar on its Android app, going for a desaturated look.


For the longest time, the video progress bar on Android, iOS, and desktop has been pink, displaying progress with a light-weight/darkish grey line indicating the length of the unwatched video. On one among our gadgets operating the most recent YouTube beta, we discovered the app testing a white or grey filler to switch the pink one on just a few gadgets watching YouTube with darkish mode enabled (through 9to5Google).

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Nonetheless, touching the progress bar and interacting with the participant controls to leap between sections of a video switches the colour again to pink. The pink progress bar additionally returns when darkish mode is switched off and does not present up in panorama mode as a result of participant controls disappear after just a few seconds. The colours aren’t altering anyplace else within the app, both — the remainder of the YouTube interface remains to be unabashedly pink.

Since we solely noticed the colour change on one Android telephone, this could possibly be a restricted A/B take a look at for beta testers. We imagine Google has no plans of adjusting its colour and visible id, however this could possibly be a change designed to make the app interface simpler on the eyes in low-light circumstances, counting on monochrome parts as a substitute of vibrant colours. It may be a delicate change to keep away from the pink parts detracting from the fantastic thing about different dynamically themed parts.

If this transformation will witness a wider rollout is anybody’s greatest guess.