Earlier at present, YouTube Music rolled out quick, seamless switching between audio and music videos. The Android app is now A/B testing an elevation of search to the bottom bar.
As a substitute of getting search in the app bar next to the profile avatar, one consumer has noticed it within the bottom bar. Because the second tab, the lookup is between Home and Hotlist, with Library rounding out the main elements of YouTube Music. A generic magnifying icon and “Search” label are leveraged.
This elevation makes a variety of sense as YouTube Music’s search functionality is definitely fairly powerful. One in every of the streaming service’s best features, lyrics and descriptions typically work to seek out the song you’re in search of.
Given bigger and bigger devices, the brand new bottom bar placement makes the search simpler to entry. By way of visibility, the performance now seems in barely more places as scrolling would previously cover the app bar.
At four tabs, that is likely the optimum variety of menu items for the consumer. One minor annoyance is a modified back behavior after getting into and scrolling through search outcomes. As a substitute of returning to the previous display screen, the system back button now exits you from the app. A tap of the bottom bar is required to navigate elsewhere.
The new YouTube Music search experience is presently being A/B tested. It has appeared on one reader’s YouTube account across a number of phones. Noticed on the current release (3.23.52), it’s not rolled out on different devices we checked this evening.