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YouTube gets a distraction-free new look in Cosmic Panda redesign

YouTube has a new look. Google is experimenting with a new, cleaner design for the all-conquering video-sharing site, called Cosmic Panda.

YouTube has a new look. Google is experimenting with a new, cleaner design for the all-conquering video-sharing site, called Cosmic Panda. Quite what starborn lazy bears have to do with video is beyond us, but the site certainly looks nice.

Videos, playlists and channels look different, with a cleaner interface that features slick, app-like buttons, and the removal of clutter around the video you're actually watching.

The video you're watching is now front and centre, with distractions minimised. The layout no longer includes the lines dividing up the page, and the video is set on a charcoal-grey background. The video title and the details of the person who uploaded it have been moved to below the video. Related videos are also pushed down the page from their old position to the right of the video, and now offer much larger thumbnails.

Sadly the new design doesn't do anything about the more moronic comments, but you can't have everything.

Channels now offers an even more massive thumbnail for each video. The new bigger thumbnails look great but they do mean you have to scroll further to go through the list.

If you use Google's own web browser Chrome -- which many of you do -- you can browse channels and playlists while watching a video.

To try the new look of Cosmic Panda, head for https://www.youtube.com/cosmicpanda and click "Try it out!" If you're not impressed, you can stick with the old version by visiting the same link and clicking "older version".

Does Cosmic Panda chew your bamboo, or is this one panda that refuses to mate? Tell us your thoughts on the new look, and let us know what features you'd like to see in future.