Google has announced a raft of experiments for YouTube under the banner of “Cosmic Panda”.
The changes revolve predominantly around the interface. Activating the Cosmic Panda will give you a new video-watching and playlist experience, extra page designs and editing tools to customise channels, and the ability to keep watching a video while moving between videos, playlists and channels (though this only works in Google’s own Chrome browser).
In a post on the official YouTube blog, product manager Noam Lovinsky wrote: “While you’re watching your favorite or new videos, we at the ‘Tube are obsessing night and day over how those videos are presented. Our team is constantly experimenting, tweaking and playing with new ways to make your experience exactly what you’re looking for.”
You can activate the Panda by heading over to youtube.com/cosmicpanda, and clicking the big blue “Try it out!” button.