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YouTube Music, Spotify recommendations get a new design for Android 13

In the past few days, YouTube Music has rolled out support for Android 12’s media recommendation feature more broadly, which highlights the latest albums and playlists to start instant playback.

update 06.08: Media recommendations for YouTube Music and Spotify have been redesigned on Android 13 to reflect that the player is only available in one size.

Music services now get a color icon in the top-left corner, but there’s no app name. The biggest change is that you are only offered three suggestions, which are quite large as the space for them is now larger. In terms of functionality, this is a step backwards and six elements was much better for variety.

Meanwhile, media recommendations are not widely shared on Android 13 compared to Android 12. It doesn’t show up consistently and in one instance only worked when paired to a car but not with headphones. This will probably change when the operating system is stable.

Original from 18.06: These media recommendations appear automatically after you connect an audio device such as headphones or other speaker systems via Bluetooth. The app icon and name are in the top left corner, while on the right you can see three recently played works from YouTube Music. Opening quick settings gives you a total of six, while the compact map can also be viewed on the lock screen.

A tap will instantly start playback in the background, taking you to the Now Playing controls and leaving you in the quick settings. These media recommendations will stay for a few minutes and you can swipe to access them again, although they’ll now appear after the playback controls and start another track.

It is visually reminiscent of the redesigned “Listen again” shelf and the Material You widget. Recommendations can be turned off and “Show media recommendations” disabled in the Settings > Sound & Vibration > Media app.

As of today, these YouTube Music recommendations appear fairly consistently after plugging in headphones on Android 12 (Pixel 6 Pro June security patch). They’re popping up much more frequently for Google’s streaming service than in the past, while some Spotify users have seen them too. The map is expected to come out in full on Android 13, where we haven’t gotten it working yet.

Update 6/23: In addition to certain works, media recommendations may also display a shuffle button – readability/visibility is pretty poor – and a shortcut to launch your offline mixtape (if downloaded).

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