That all changed over the weekend, when YouTube rolled out an update to its desktop site that rids it of black bars altogether.
In the case of vertical videos (seen above), the black bars are seemingly replaced by white space, but the video is larger.More news: West Nile virus in Bay County
Google is officially done trying to teach all of you to shoot your videos properly, so they're going to make vertical videos look slightly better. The new gesture isn't available to everyone, but a limited number of Android users have been invited to test it.
YouTube has finally started playing vertical videos in their native aspect ratio on desktops, which means no black bars on the sides. Now, with the desktop experience, viewers will be given an experience that automatically adjusts the videos aspect ratio to fit the screen's size. Specifically for videos recorded in a vertical orientation, the player resizes those videos based on the amount available on the screen. Instead, the player window appears to follow the size of the video in question.More news: Trump wants attorney general to end Russia probe
The update announcement was made by Marissa, a community manager on the YouTube Help Forums.
First spotted by Google+ user Joe Kelly, the addition of this gesture will basically allow users to quickly move between videos by swiping to play the next or the previous video. This is rather interesting since the "Up Next" list is present beneath every video, regardless of whether it is played from a user's Home tab or not. "Either give us a way to opt out of this, or fix it".More news: Three die in plane crash in Greenville
As one user explained, "Some YouTube videos just don't look good when the screen is big". I want to watch videos using my two eyeballs-which are placed alongside each other, not one above the other.