Following in the footsteps of Instagram, YouTube is testing the possibility of replacing the Explore tab with a tab dedicated to Shorts in the lower navigation bar of the application. Anmol from our team watched the test on his phone, running YouTube beta 16.17.36. After a quick search on Twitter, we noticed that YouTube started testing this change on both Android and iOS early last week.
YouTube shorts tab in YouTube app
To put things in perspective, here’s a comparison between the current YouTube app homepage and the upcoming redesign that should probably roll out soon. As seen in the image below, the The Explore section is given less importance in the trial version. YouTube has moved the Explore section to the upper left corner of the app, right where Shorts currently exists.
YouTube’s decision to move the Shorts tab to the bottom navigation bar comes as no surprise, considering the momentum short video apps like TikTok have gained lately. However, what I don’t like about the new implementation is that the Shorts section still appears on the home page despite having a dedicated tab in the navigation bar. The idea of pushing Shorts through the YouTube homepage even after giving it a prominent place in the YouTube app seems like the company is trying too hard, at least in my opinion.
As of this writing, YouTube has yet to widely implement the Shorts new tab. However, we could expect it to happen in the coming weeks. If you’re a creator, now’s a great time to check out our list of YouTube Shorts tips to harness the next boost in user activity and engagement.
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