YouTube and Google have been update crazy this month. Apparently the Google engineers are doing more than growing facial hair and thinking about their tongues.
The image above is a sneak peek at the new YouTube start page. It wasn’t intended to be public but a single command can enable anyone to use it right now.
This command will give you the cookie you need to see the new layout:
If that’s not enough fun for you, HTML5 features are almost completely caught-up with Flash versions of the YouTube player, and in many ways it’s better.
No tricks needed here, just head over to the YouTube HTML5 page and click on the ‘Join’ button on the bottom of the page.
Once that’s done you should notice a much different menu when you right click on videos that support the HTML5 player:
One other “TIL” was the speed test pages linked from the HTML5 page:
And even a real-time streaming benchmark:
From the looks of things this could be the year that YouTube drops flash entirely, or at the very least makes it the ‘other option’ with HTML5 as the default. I’d personally love to uninstall flash and that would be one big hurdle down if YouTube switches completely. *fingers crossed*