The Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick’s YouTube app just received a complete interface overhaul, bringing it up to date with the design direction Google is using on Android TV devices like the Nexus Player. You may, however, be surprised to learn that the app itself did not receive an update. Even if you have automatic app updates disabled, you’ll find that your YouTube app now uses the new interface. That’s because the YouTube app for Fire TV devices is an HTML5 app. What that means is the app is actually just a wrapper for a web-based interface. All the app does is load a slightly customized version of YouTube.com/tv. Since the app’s interface is retrieved dynamically from YouTube’s servers every time the app is launched, it allows YouTube to “update” the app at will anytime.
The new YouTube interface emphasizes the “What to Watch” area more so than ever. Your subscribed video stream is now tucked away in a hidden menu with no indication the menu even exists on the app’s home screen. This falls in line with the direction YouTube has been taking with their app and web interfaces. They’ve been wanting to push users toward a video stream they’ve curated for you, rather than one you’ve curated for yourself. Let us know in the comments how you feel about the new interface and the focus on curated content.