Update: Google has now officially announced the update, bringing three new tabs on top of vertical video support.

We all have friends who’ve done it: fail to recognize that shooting video is different from taking a photo, and end up shooting vertical video. YouTube has for some time tried to lessen their embarrassment with a pseudo horizontal view, but the latest update to the Android app takes things a stage further by acting like they didn’t do anything dumb in the first place … 

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The app now displays vertical video full-screen when the phone is in portrait mode. You can download the updated app from Google Play.

Here’s everything that’s new:

The update – available now on Android, mobile web, and soon on iOS – introduces three new tabs:

  • Home: Easily explore and discover videos you’ll love with recommendations based on your watch history as well as playlists personalized just for you.
  • Subscriptions: Find the latest videos from your favorite channels and creators on the new Subscriptions tab. And to help make sure you never miss an upload, you can now tap the bell icon on the channels you love to get a notification as soon as a new video is posted.
  • Account: Check out your playlists, watch history, and the videos you’ve uploaded all in one spot.

You can also now watch full-screen vertical videos with just a single tap for the very first time

But YouTube isn’t just about enjoying videos; it’s a place to express yourself and show the world what you love. With the redesigned app you can take your creativity to new levels using a new set of video creation tools. You’ve got an amazing camera in your phone or tablet, and now you can trim your footage, tint the image with filters, add music, and upload – all inside the app.

These are just a few of the features we’ve been working on, and you’ll see many more later this year.

Via TNW

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