YouTube for Android gets new Froyo and Gingerbread interface, better Watch experience

Daniel Bader

September 27, 2012 10:47am

Android’s YouTube app has always been pretty good, but it got even better when Ice Cream Sandwich was released last year. With a brand new interface, easier navigation and higher-quality videos, YouTube’s app for Android shone above Apple’s stock app that had been unchanged since 2007.

But when Apple removed YouTube from its homescreen in iOS 6, Google released a stand-alone version of the app to download from the App Store. The version looks and works much like its Android counterpart, but until now it was only users running Android 4.0 and above who benefited from the design improvements.

Now, Google has released an updated version of YouTube for Froyo and Gingerbread devices that hews more closely in design and functionality to its ICS and Jelly Bean counterpart. The new app also added Preloading to those older devices, which allows YouTube to pre-fetch certain content based on what it thinks you’ll click on next. This is a WiFi-only feature, but can be very useful for those with limited time to wait for loading screens.

For ICS and Jelly Bean users, there’s a slightly updated Watch screen, as well as better YouTube TV queue features.

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  • Patrick


  • Netguru

    Unfortunately, this new version has one big drawback…it now automatically starts when the phone or tablet boots up. As Google clearly states in the Permissions section, this will have the effect of slowing down the performance of the phone or tablet.
    Thanks but no thanks. I’ll pass on the update.

    • Stimulator

      I did the update last night, and have rebooted by phone, and there is no sign of YouTube running in the background at all.

  • Tim3tripp3r

    So far user reviews @ Play Store mostly negative, I think I’ll stick with old version for awhile until more feedback comes in.

  • Mike

    Updated and now there are a bunch of “Youtube Recommends” videos in my subscribers list of videos. Pretty annoying, is there a way to uninstall the update and go to the previous version through google play ?

  • Osman

    I miss the tabs on the watch screen. Everything is in the one panel and the comments don’t load automatically when you get to the bottom of the page.

  • rootblock

    Have you guys noticed the new “camera” permission?
    “Allows the application at any time to collect images the camera is seeing”.
    I personally will not be updating as long as that permission is around.

  • King

    At least us LG Optimus 2X users have something to be happy about…Froyo still gets some sort of update…I guess…lol

  • JHK

    Op… Op… Op Op…

  • Tim3tripp3r

    @Mike: If you are so lucky as to have Titanium Backup or other such program you can roll back to previous version. Also if you look around on 4 shared or ? you might find the previous version. FWIW

  • aman bassi

    its OPPAN gangnam style, not oppa