YouTube officially refreshed its Android and mobile Web experiences this week and, after using the Android app briefly, it’s easily the best update the service has received in a long time. YouTube said it decided to refresh the mobile experience after discovering that more than half of its YouTube views are coming from mobile devices, which may or may not surprise you.
The app is split into three tabs now, Home, Subscriptions and Account. The Home tab shows recommendations that YouTube thinks you might like, including full playlists of clips. The Subscriptions tab — my favorite part of the update — now shows small icons along the top of the screen that allow you to quickly scrub through the channels you subscribe to, viewing the latest videos for each. You can even get notified of new uploads from your favorite channels by tapping a bell icon. Finally, the Account tab shows your playlists, watch history and the videos you’ve uploaded. And speaking of your videos, the app now provides video creation tools that allow you to edit, apply filters and music and upload your video right from inside of the Android application.
Google said an iOS update is coming to the YouTube app soon and that this is just a taste of what’s in store.