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December 16, 2011

No More Cosmic Panda

When YouTube launched the new interface, it was obvious that Cosmic Panda was just an experiment and its purpose was to test some new features. Now Cosmic Panda is no longer available and users have been switched to the regular interface.

"Yesterday marked the last day of the channels and watch experiment, otherwise known as Cosmic Panda. Contrary to what some might have thought, Cosmic Panda was not the new version of YouTube to come, but just an experiment we used to test out some new and interesting ideas. Since launching the experiment in July, we learned a lot and incorporated many results of the experiment into our recent homepage and channels update, which you're using now. We're happy with what we found and are now bringing Cosmic Panda to a close," informed a Google employee.


  1. I liked the giant video thumbnails in Cosmic Panda. Pity they didn't introduce them.

  2. No more? Cosmic Panda has been merged into the current interface of YouTube.

  3. i think they should keep it an alternative.. i got used to cosmic panda aswell, it had that giant thumbnail opinion like sam said. it had a way better interface aswell, youtube....

  4. Why is the new layout still being shown on some YouTube channels? If it's not Cosmic Panda, then they've merely changed the name because it's still in use!

  5. Complete BS. The exact same layout is still in use, and all channels will be forced to use the layout as of March 1st, 2012.

    1. You haven't tried Cosmic Panda when it was available. The current interface is based on Cosmic Panda, but there are many missing features.