YouTube Music is rolling out redesigned Playlists UI to tablets

YouTube Music was one of the Android apps that Google said would get tablet optimizations at I/O 2022 and the revamped playlist interface is now live.

This view entered A/B testing ahead of the onstage announcement, and it notably only applies to playlists, which arguably make up a large portion of the streaming service. Your playlists and those generated by YouTube Music are getting the new paint job, but albums aren’t currently.

It’s a two-column view with cover art and background blur on the left, while the creator and when it was last updated on top. The name appears below with a description and controls for downloading, editing (details and sorting), shuffle, sharing, and an overflow menu. The song list appears alongside with suggestions on what to add below.

The portrait UI puts everything in a single column and features a random FAB (floating action button) as you scroll through the cover.

So far, we’re seeing the redesigned YouTube Music playlist (versions 5.08 and 5.09) rolling out to an Android tablet and the app running on a Chromebook. This visual overhaul doesn’t appear on any phone we’ve checked, nor on the iPad Customer. It’s unclear if this will extend to phones or album views.

Even before the developer conference, YouTube Music was optimizing its mobile apps for large screens. The start of 2022 saw a home stream that took better advantage of the extra screen real estate, while Now Playing has long featured a two-column layout. Meanwhile, app settings on Android just got streamlined this week.

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