YouTube Music has only only offered a black theme since its start in 2015 (and the 2018 revamp), but the Android and iOS apps are now adding a splash of color to spice things up.
This splash is shown behind the app bar and at the top of mobile apps (including the system status bar) (YouTube Music logo, Cast button, search, and your profile avatar). It continues down to the Carousel for Workout, Energize, Relax, Commute, and Focus, emphasizing the pill containers and portions (i.e., the top half) of the initial shelf proposal.
Its muted, multicolored background blends perfectly with YouTube Music’s gloomy look and atmosphere without being overtly colorful. Every time you reload the Home feed, these colors are noticeably updated (or open the app after some time away). While the Explore and Library tabs have a bright background, this theming vanishes and fades to black as you go through Home.
Google has previously displayed background graphics to users who are on the Home tab by default. The emotions carousel uses still photographs today as it did historically. This frequently happened in our experience if you were on the free plan, but it rarely happened for paid customers. The cover artwork occasionally had something to do with the top shelf.
Today, that’s not the case because YouTube Music just uses neutral colors to animate the interface. Although it’s a little change, it makes mobile clients more dynamic and less static.
This afternoon, we first saw the vibrant backdrop on YouTube Music for Android and iOS (version 5.04.51). To check for this updated design, close the streaming app and/or reload the Home feed. This server-side modification is not visible to us at on the web , however it is visible on tablets running Android and iOS. Colors stand out more and brighten the app significantly on wide screens.
In the meantime, YouTube Music has recently changed the number of items that appear in the Listen again grid. We came across 20 songs, albums, playlists, and artists over the weekend, but lately, it’s been about 10 (for me, at least).