YouTube web player has undergone a slight design change making the control panel located at the base of the videos, transparent. The transparently layover still shows the old controls that you used to see against a black bar.
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— YouTube (@YouTube) August 3, 2015
YouTube had started testing this new design back in April, when only a limited number of users had access to it. But starting today, YouTube has rolled the new design globally.
The new player features bigger and bolder icons. Toggles for autoplay and annotations have been given a better look and drop-downs for speed and quality are replaced by mobile-inspired menus. Animations have been altered and will now offer a more subtle visual flair.
The new design gives some extra vertical real estate to the videos. The controls come up the moment you hover your mouse over the video and disappear (or slide down) within a couple of seconds after any inactivity.
According to The Next Web, the new design is visible on browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Edge as well as on mobile. But the transparency feature on the YouTube app has been around for a while now.
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