YouTube may be in the process of making some changes to its branding and style choices with some of its mobile apps. A few days ago, the YouTube Gaming app received an update sporting a redesigned icon that kept its original heart shape, but sidelined the low-poly look it had launched with. And now it's time for the YouTube Music app to do the same.
The shape is basically the same, but the classic vinyl look of the old icon has been retired and filled in with YouTube's signature red and white color scheme. It reminds me of the all-black game discs from the original Sony Playstation, but in red.
Also notable is that the icon is now adaptive, so it will adopt a white background in whatever shape your device or launcher dictates. This is the second YouTube app to switch to an adaptive icon, right behind the main app.
The features discussed below are probably not live yet, or may only be live for a small percentage of users. Unless stated otherwise, don't expect to see these features if you install the apk.
Double-tap to seek
Earlier this year, YouTube rolled out double-tap to seek, a simple method for quickly jumping forward or backward through a video with two quick taps. Despite its usefulness, double-tap to seek hasn't made the transition to YouTube's other purpose-built apps like Gaming, Music, or Kids. But that's probably changing in the near future for YouTube Music.
The first strings appeared in the v2.02 update from a few weeks ago. (We skipped it because it's a little redundant to talk about a feature that's just getting copied from another app.) This update brings a couple more strings, but double-tap still isn't working. It's clear from the text that this is exactly the same feature we have in the core YouTube app, even down to having a setting to control the interval of the skip, so I'm not going to rehash it any further.
<string name="pref_double_tap_skip_duration_title">Double-tap to seek</string>
<string name="accessibility_fast_forward">Fast forward</string>
<item quantity="other">%d seconds</item>
<item quantity="one">%d second</item>
<item quantity="many">%d seconds</item>
<item quantity="other">Double tap left or right to skip %d seconds</item>
<item quantity="one">Double tap left or right to skip %d second</item>
<item quantity="many">Double tap left or right to skip %d seconds</item>
<ListPreference android:entries="@array/double_tap_length_entries" android:title="@string/pref_double_tap_skip_duration_title" android:key="double_tap_skip_duration" android:summary="%s" android:defaultValue="@string/pref_double_tap_skip_entry_default" android:entryValues="@array/double_tap_length_values" />
The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.