Today, YouTube announced a complete HTML5-based redesign of their mobile site for iPhone and Android devices.
This is now the highest quality way to watch YouTube videos on the iPhone, since the native app streams are a bit lower quality than the “HQ” setting on the new mobile site.
For Android 2.1 devices, there isn’t a noticeable change in video quality, but the site brings a different layout compared to the native app, so you can try it and see which you like more.
Main bullet points for the new mobile site:
- It’s fast
- The UI now has larger, more touch-friendly elements
- It now has some of the features and functionality from the .com site, like search query suggestions, the options to create playlists, the ability to designate “favorite,” “like” or “unlike” videos directly from your device
- They promise faster improvements to it than to native apps
The complimentary demo video follows.
YouTube also released some neat stats regarding the mobile site. For example, mobile playbacks were up 160% in 2009 compared to 2008. Also, the mobile site currently plays 100 million videos per day.
These numbers can only go up from here, and the new design will surely help.
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