YouTube thoughtfully de-clutters its Android app so it'll be easier to watch more video

Wave buh-bye to productivity. YouTube's new design trims your menu options so it'll be easier to find content.

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YouTube addicts, your life's about to get rougher. Even though the average video session on YouTube is already 40 minutes long, YouTube is redesigning its Android app to make it easier for you to watch even more video. 

The Android app had an overcrowded slide-out menu with a total of 17 different places you could navigate. Now there are just three.

Google detailed the major revamp in a blog post Thursday, which followed a recent tweak that enabled those terrible vertical videos to be viewed in full-screen mode. 

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YouTube for Android has a much cleaner look, inspired by Google’s Material Design. 

YouTube also has some new tools for creating the next great cat video. Users can now trim footage, tint images with filters, and add music. The upload button is easier to see. 

Google says the redesign is available now on the mobile site and is coming soon to iOS. It’s rolling out through the Google Play Store.

Why this matters: YouTube is big business for Google. The new, simpler layout could help suck you in for longer periods of time. Consider yourself warned. 

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