YouTube has debuted a new app update, addressing the complaint that it does not cater to vertical videos, which of course, are increasingly created thanks to the ever-growing rise of the smartphone video. 

Previously, vertical videos like the ones shot on an iPhone were only viewable in YouTube's rectangle template, which meant ugly and distracting huge black borders on either side of the video. Now, YouTube has solved this issue, allowing users to watch vertical videos in all of their glory without cropping or distorting them.

It is a good move by the video giant, as recent figures revealed that 50% of YouTube's total views are made from mobile devices and each time spent on one video is up at 60%.