Google testing card-style channel box for YouTube

Yesterday, we had reported that YouTube was introducing a minor tweak to the title of its video page to make it simpler for users to spot a


Yesterday, we had reported that YouTube was introducing a minor tweak to the title of its video page to make it simpler for users to spot a “noisy” tab. And more UI changes are coming to the world's most popular video streaming site. Citing a report on Google Plus Daily, The Next Web says Google is testing a card-style floating pop-up when users mouse over a channel link. The card features the channel's cover art, title, a subscribe button, and a link to the creator's Google+ profile.

Google testing card-style channel box for YouTube

A screenshot of the new design (Image credit: TNW)

 

This feature is similar to what Google already has on Google+, and you can also see it action on Facebook, when you mouse over a Profile or Page link. The tiny card pop-ups with a few details about the user or page are very useful. Although this is not a really big update for YouTube, it will certainly make it easier for power users to subscribe to channels thanks to the quick action buttons.

If you can't wait for the official release of this feature, you can get a glimpse of what Google's doing behind the curtains, using this code below. Just type the code into the browser's developer console, and you will be able to see this new design in action.

document.cookie=”VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE=0xJL6SMMUyE; path=/;

domain=.youtube.com”;window.location.reload()

Updates to YouTube over the months, major or otherwise, have all been directed towards making the experience better. Take yesterday’s minor tweak for example. Users already know that YouTube plays content automatically when they open a video – be it an advertisement or a movie trailer. Now in situations where they have multiple videos playing in different tabs, users find it cumbersome to spot the “noisy” tab. Soon, users will be able to spot a tiny 'play' Unicode character in the title of their video webpage; this icon appears only when the video is playing. Once they’ve hit the pause button, users will see that the “play” Unicode character disappears from the title. Although minor, this feature will definitely do its bit towards enhancing user experience on YouTube.

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