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YouTube Music May Soon Introduce Gradient Background For “Now Playing”

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  • YouTube Music is testing a new gradient background to enhance the user's experience at their convenience.
  • YouTube Music is testing a gradient that will offer more colour placed at the top and fade to somewhat dark at the bottom.
  • The users will see more vibrant white buttons for play & pause, next & back, shuffle, and repeat stand out more against the new background.

YouTube Music is a workspace of Google, and it is a music service with official albums, singles, videos, remixes, live performances and more for Android, iOS and desktop. Now, the brand is testing a new gradient background to enhance the user’s experience at their convenience. However, it already introduced a Now Playing redesign, which placed key controls in a carousel and made further UI tweaks in September. 

Presently, Now Playing can choose solid colours derived from the album artwork for the background. YouTube Music is testing a gradient that will offer more colour placed at the top and fade to somewhat dark at the bottom. 

A noticeable catch is that Google always goes with muted shades for colour extraction, and this is just because they do not clash with the art, so the new approach does not feel excessively different. However, the new background is still darker as compared to before. 

Once the latest update gets rolled out publicly, the users will see more vibrant white buttons for play & pause, next & back, shuffle, and repeat stand out more against the new background. The next noticeable twerk is the Up Next, Lyrics, and Related previously, which were placed at the bottom of the page and are housed in a sheet. Still, now, with this new update, all three buttons will appear at the bottom side, but they don’t have their dedicated house. They are just floating as grey text. 

The buttons appear out of place without a container. The users can still swipe up from the bottom to easily open the queue instead of needing to tap, whereas YouTube Music has removed the pull tab indicator. At the moment, only reports are revealing about this gradient Now Playing design in YouTube Music for Android, and the brand has not rolled out it widely yet. But it is expected that soon it will be available to all. 

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Jurin Charnvirakul

Jurin Charnvirakul has been a part-time editor at RM Update since 2020, and full-time since 2021. Now, focus your articles on buying guides, tutorials, offer recommendations and product analysis. Graduated in Journalism Communication.

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