It was due time for a refresh, when you consider how much work Google has done with the rest of its services across the Internet, and it appears that YouTube is starting to get a loving brush stroke, as well. After watching a quick video this morning, we spotted this:

Screen Shot 2011 10 13 at 11.04.48 AM 520x316 YouTube is rolling out a new 12 choice pane for related videos

As you can see, the new design for YouTube’s “related videos” suggestion showcases 12 videos in a single pane, rather than one large related video, then a few smattered around the border. Interestingly, there’s also another view of this same pane, which allows both related videos and advertising to be showcased:

Screen Shot 2011 10 13 at 11.13.42 AM 520x316 YouTube is rolling out a new 12 choice pane for related videos

This makes us wonder of we’re about to see the full rollout of YouTube’s new design that we first spotted a few months ago. With a letterbox-driven format, the new design looks incredibly promising, and this mutliple-choice format for related videos would seem to fit the design quite nicely.

Do you have the new related videos yet? If not, as is typical with Google, they might be rolling out slowly. Give us your thoughts in the comments.

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