YouTube Music Teardown Hints at Android TV Support

YouTube is a popular place for all kinds of videos, including music videos. Often these videos are just music, and they may be played in the background while users do something else. YouTube Music, which works well with YouTube Red, may be a great solution for those users who listen to a lot of music on their phone.

YouTube Music has received a handful of changes in its recent update from 1.40 to 1.42. One long-requested feature has finally arrived: Google Cast Audio support. Now users will be able to send a song to their Google Cast speakers or Chromecast Audio (or both). It’s a good addition to the app, since YouTube Music and Chromecast Audio are along the same idea.

In a teardown on Android Police, Cody Toombs discovers an interesting attribute set in the application’s manifest:


This flag is used in a TV app to state it does not work with picture-in-picture. It’s something that only appears on TV, so it would be out of place if it was only meant to be a phone app. By default, the feature is turned on, so they would likely only disable it if the feature was not yet ready.

Having YouTube Music on Android TV would be a great way to show off a high-quality music app that fits well with the leanback experience.

Although my Nexus Player isn’t ready for it yet, you can still download the app from Google Play.

Nick Felker

Nick Felker

Nick Felker is a student Electrical & Computer Engineering student at Rowan University (C/O 2017) and the student IEEE webmaster. When he's not studying, he is a software developer for the web and Android (Felker Tech). He has several open source projects on GitHub ( Devices: Moto G-2013 Moto G-2015, Moto 360, Google ADT-1, Nexus 7-2013 (x2), Lenovo Laptop, Custom Desktop. Although he was an intern at Google, the content of this blog is entirely independent and his own thoughts.

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