YouTube is a core part of Google’s workspace. However, recent design changes have made YouTube feel disconnected from other Google apps.
YouTube No Longer Feels Like a First-Party Google App
New Splash Screen
YouTube now has an animated splash screen when launched. This small delay makes it feel less integrated compared to snappy first-party apps.
Outdated UI Styling
- YouTube uses a short bottom bar instead of the taller Material 3 style other Google apps use.
- The icons are overly minimalist and thin, unlike Google’s usual bolder outlines.
Emphasis on Social Features
- A new “You” tab combines your library and account menu.
- Your profile picture is prominently shown.
- The account switcher has moved to the You tab.
These changes make YouTube feel more social media-focused than a content consumption app.
Inconsistent Design Elements
Other issues adding to the disconnect:
- Non-system share sheet unlike Chrome and Google Photos.
- Lack of Dynamic Color theming.
- Overall visual inconsistencies.
The Bottom Line
The recent UI and UX changes have made YouTube feel disconnected from other first-party Google apps. It no longer fits the mold of a seamless Google Workspace app.
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