YouTube Music for Android gets an album UI overhaul

As announced at I/O 2022, Google is optimizing its Android apps for tablets and other large-screen devices. YouTube Music playlists have already had an overhaul and this UI is now coming to the album view.

This redesign (in portrait mode) starts with YouTube Music noting the artist, media type (album), and release year at the very top. The album cover, which is larger than before, then appears against a blurred background, while the name and description follow.

Available controls include download, add to library, play, share, and an overflow menu. You then get the track list, which on a tablet (landscape) appears on the right because all other information is in the left column. There should be a FAB in the lower right corner (floating action button) to shuffle when you scroll down.

A Reddit user who received the playlist overhaul early on is the first to receive this new album UI. This revamp does not currently apply to music you have downloaded. Of course, as seen with the albums, the overhaul is happening very slowly frame by frame and that could happen in the future.

Old vs New (u/MoistTart3258)

It’s a good modernization, especially on big screens where the old approach was to stretch everything out.

We don’t see this redesign of YouTube Music for Albums on several tablets we checked this morning. There have been previous reports of it coming to phones as well, but it’s far from widely available at this point. Meanwhile, iPad users have so far not seen this UI.

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Victor L. Jones