YouTube Music is rolling out album UI redesign to Android tablets

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

Update 6/30: YouTube Music’s album revamp is now widely rolling out to Android tablets via a server-side update, although version 5.13 will also be available this afternoon. Once enjoyable, the album notes remain expanded as you browse. There are no changes today for Android/iOS phones or the iPad.

Original 6/26: 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.

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