YouTube rolls out minimized comments

May 13, 2020

The changes on YouTube are focused on getting you to watch and engage with more content. YouTube for Android and iOS now has a new video page that elevates, but shrinks comments and introduces large video thumbnails.

Comments are now underneath the channel bar with subscribe button/notification options. It also features a count and the top comment, with a tap anywhere showing the full list.

According to YouTube, its early experiments found that “more people are writing comments with the new design.” It is easier to access and there’s a benefit to only showing the best one.

The next change sees Google switch to nearly full-width thumbnails for the “Up next” feed. Video details appear below, instead of to the right, and includes a channel’s avatar icon.

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