YouTube Music integrates apps with Assistant, Android TV and Maps

If you don’t think Google is seriously considering making YouTube Music its main music streaming app (sorry Google Play Music), the past few months should have convinced you otherwise. While it still can’t be a full-fledged music app competitor to Spotify, it tries to get there very slowly. The latest addition is support for app integrations of other apps owned by Google, namely Android TV, Google Assistant, Google Maps and Waze. Most of them probably won’t be relevant to you, but now it’s official.

We already told you about “integration” with Android TV, which is simply having a Music tab in the existing YouTube app. There is no dedicated app and you cannot search all music library or access downloaded music files, hopefully just yet. You can simply access custom mixes and recommended playlists for now. You can also download the YouTube music app from the play store to get one click access, but it is not a standalone app.

You can now use Google Assistant controls to play recommended music on your Assistant-compatible smartphones and Google Nest speakers. Unfortunately, you can’t just say “Hey Google, play Taylor Swift”. What you can say is “Ok Google, play recommended music from YouTube Music” and the music will be played based on your listening history including your favorite artist and genres.

Google Maps and Waze integration has already rolled out to some users as well, but this is the official announcement. Basically, you can add YouTube Music as your default music player so that it plays in the background while you are driving, with controls on your navigation screen. You can pause, play, skip tracks, choose from a set of playlists, or click the logo to open the app on your screen, but please don’t do this while you are actually driving.

Now to find out if we will see more improvements to these app integrations for YouTube Music later we hope they will because there is a lot to sort out. Android TV integration needs to be improved, including giving the app the ability to play in the background. Let’s see how YouTube Music can improve in the next few months.

Source: Android Community

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