Jul 15

YouTube is considered to be the most famous site offering video services and free streaming. With the millions and millions of viewers visiting the said site, YouTube can’t just get enough of all the attention and plans to improve it more for the users. This is actually what the rumored YouTube Leanback is all about.


Leanback is rumored to be YouTube’s plan on incorporating the site on watching TV or most famously known as the 10-foot experience. A new interface is being planned by YouTube engineers for some time now to offer viewers a more exciting and techie kind of viewing.
YouTube’s product manager, Kuan Yong pursues that this plan of the interface is actually a breakthrough. With the new interface, you wouldn’t need a mouse for navigation. With the new “breakthrough”, the company expects that the viewers would spend more time on the site like people usually do with the TV. Users spend 15 minutes in YouTube while people watch TV for 5 hours.
Leanback is available from YouTube by pressing a button on the YouTube site. The video will turn to full screen after pressing the button. Another feature of YouTube is the streaks of related videos that are available in the site. This could be viewed in a thumbnail manner and you could navigate the videos by searching though the videos.
The navigation of Leanback does not need a mouse. According to Julian Frumar who is YouTube Leanback’s interface designer, all it takes to navigate the new interface are the arrow keys and the enter key. The new Leanback however uses Flash so iPad users will not be able to use the said sample project as posted in beta and accessed through TestTube.
With the amazing design and features of the interface, it is expected that people are to appreciate the said project. And with the company’s efforts, success is just within reach.

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