The YouTube homepage on computers and tablets has just received a design change that, without being unbreaking, helps the visibility of the content and results in long titles not being cut. What they’ve done in that sense is simple.
If before in ‘Recommended’ the previews of the videos were small regardless of the screen size, now the frames of the videos grow. This means that space is distributed better, the previews are larger and the subject of each video can be better identified, as the titles show more characters than before, as we said.
Say goodbye to recommendations of channels that do not interest you, add to the queue and change your order
In addition to the aesthetic change, which has been minor, YouTube today brings to its desktop website two of the functions that as a user I have missed since I use the service and recommendations are offered.
In that sense, the first new feature to highlight (on mobiles was already available) is the possibility to click on the recommendations settings in the individual videos and select “Do not recommend channel”. This way, YouTube will know that we are not interested in that channel and from that moment onward, it will not show it again in this section.
However, it will continue to appear in ‘Trends’ and search results. Personally, I would like there to be an option to be able to remove it from the search as well, because there are low-quality channels when you search for certain content that always comes out and it is impossible to stop watching them.
The second new feature that arrives, and which is probably the one that many users have waited for even longer is to be able to add videos to a playback queue. That is, not to a themed playlist, but where to choose which videos to watch after the user is watching that at the current time, as it works on Spotify, for example. YouTube allows you to add to the queue and then manage the order in which the videos already added are played.
Additionally, YouTube communicates that “soon” it will allow you to select themes that offer a certain capacity for customization, just as you are already doing in the Android application.