YouTube gets a facelift

You've been able to get it for some time, however YouTube has now officially launched its redesign for all users of the site.

The new look sees a bigger video player and simplified design.

The main changes to the site include a new right-hand side panel which now shows what video you should watch next.

"We're smarter about suggesting the next videos to watch based on how you found the video you're watching in the first place", says Google, suggesting the recommendations will be more than just based on keywords entered by the maker of the video.

Information about a video is now grouped together in one place and there's a consistent way to get more detail when you need it as the company strive to declutter the page.

Those who liked to give videos a 5/5 will be disappointed however, that system is now gone and in its place a simpler "likes / dislikes" model as well as a new "Videos I Liked" list.

Finally comments have a new highlights view which summarise the best discussions and celebrates when creators communicate with their audiences rather than just the usual text speak emoticon garbage.

The new design is available to all now.