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Since Google launched Plus recently the company has been gradually rolling out redesigns to a number of its services, and now YouTube has been given a lick of paint with the new “Cosmic Panda” update. The redesign features a darker colour scheme, with videos nestled on a dark grey background with advertising space on either side.

Playlists and channel lists appear alongside the video, but in a similar location below. Comments and related videos can be toggled and appear in the usual comment position, and there is a new widget for toggling video size and full screen. Aside from these tweaks, the general layout for videos remains the same.

Channel owners will benefit from the update as more page designs become available, for greater control over content. We’ve snapped a shot of old YouTube and Cosmic Panda so you can see the results for yourself below.

Here is the old style YouTube :

And here is what YouTube now looks like with the Cosmic Panda update :

If you’d like to try out the new YouTube you can do so by visiting this link and clicking Try Now. You can switch back by visiting the same page, if it’s not to your tastes.

What do you think of Cosmic Panda? Loving the new design? Hoping they never change good old YouTube? Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments.

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  1. Thomas DeColita
    October 8, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    I definitely like it, even though it has some flaws that a mortal person wouldn't recognize. High five, Google!

  2. peter101
    July 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm

    i like it, it separates the video from other things (like megavideo) but recommendation videos are too big and i can't see the thumbs up clear
    i also like that there is a separate search tab for music

  3. Cell Travis
    July 15, 2011 at 10:38 am

    The name "Panda" actually reminds me of the so-called Panda Algorithm update that Google rolled out a couple months ago. As for the change in YouTube's color palette, I would say it seems 'cosmetic' as of now rather than 'cosmic'. I'm just happy to have YouTube the way it is.

  4. Paul G
    July 14, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Inconsistent page background colour makes it look like a CSS error or an unfinished project.

    Either go Grey/Black for the whole page or stick with White all over - NOT both.