we’re releasing a new version for iOS and android soon. one big thing you’ll notice is that we’re testing a new post layout. it looks roughly like this (still a few bugs in this screenshot):
the buttons have been pulled to the side, made larger, and the share button has been clearly labeled. we’ve also pulled profile color into an outline around your profile picture and moved the channel label. also, the video has been made fullscreen.
obviously with the buttons on the side there are some broad similarities to the tiktok post object, but i want to be clear that we actually ended up here independently (after designing over 20 options) because what we’ve found is that moving the buttons to the side in general covers less of the “important” area of a video, especially on smaller devices
as i mentioned earlier, we’re running this as a test. it will go out to 50% of people on byte and the existing layout will go out to the other 50%. once the test is running we’ll be looking at both versions side by side and seeing which, if any, encourages more liking, commenting, sharing, or other type of engagement.
on the android front, you’ll also see some massive loading improvements that mean videos load way faster. these changes will come to iOS as well, but because the implementations are a bit different android will actually get this one a little bit earlier
next up, we’ll be looking at a combination of expression features and connection features. one small one that we can commit to is trimming and one large one is direct messaging
thank you for your continued support and feedback and we’ll share more soon