Wear OS users will finally be able to use YouTube Music to stream their favorite hits via Wi-Fi and LTE right from the watch. You can also add an app as a widget to quickly access playlists or search for music.
In Google’s announcement it is said that through the application users will have access to 80 million songs. In addition to streaming music without advertising, the application supports Google’s Smart Downloads feature, which automatically updates songs downloaded to the Wear OS watch when it is connected to Wi-Fi. However, this is only available to YouTube Music Premium subscribers, and mobile streaming does not work on iOS and Wear OS 2.
The Wear OS YouTube Music app has been long-awaited since Google closed its Google Play Music in 2020, the only way to stream music on Wear OS. Although users could upload their playlists to YouTube Music, there was no ready-made YouTube Music app available for Wear OS.
Although users could upload their playlists to YouTube Music, there was no ready-made YouTube Music app available for Wear OS.
This left Wear OS users with few alternatives if they wanted to listen to music offline. Google soon made matters worse by making YouTube Music for Apple Watch a priority.
YouTube Music did not run on Wear OS until Samsung released the Galaxy Watch 4 line last summer. It was originally an exclusive of Wear OS 3. In about a month, Google released a Wear OS 2 watch app on Qualcomm Snapdragon 4100 chips. However, it was limited to listening offline. The latest update has allowed Google to complete this chain, making YouTube Music a full-fledged smartwatch app.