Android Auto version of YouTube Music gets new tab interface
If you’ve never used YouTube Music on Android Auto before, or Android Auto at all for that matter, you might be wondering why tabs are needed. It boils down to what is really just a bulky user interface. As the UI without the tabs presents a less user-friendly design than what seems to be being rolled out to users right now.
It is not clear if all users will receive this update immediately. It is therefore possible that Google will push the changes in stages. As it does with a lot of its app updates.
New YouTube Music tabs on Android Auto make browsing easier
The main benefit of this change is that it will make things easier to navigate. Before the change, YouTube Music on Android Auto had a central home screen with different menus for everything.
There were three in total, which included the house, the last reading, and the library. However, with tabs, users will find that each section is more easily accessible, as the tabs for each are arranged at the top of the user interface. These names are unchanged and there is a fourth tab for music stored locally on the device.
So you always have the same sections for music. But instead of having to go into a different menu for each section, you’re now browsing the tabs. Instead of being taken to an entirely different screen. This should save users time to find something they want to listen to.
These seem to be the only changes to the visuals. So most applications will look relatively the same. Unfortunately, the Android Auto version of the app still lacks what would be one of the most useful features. The ability to search for music.
Unlike the mobile version of YouTube Music, which has a search button, the Android Auto version does not have this feature. Which means you’re limited to what you’ve recently played or what you strive to store in your library.