In addition to debuting in Wear OS 3, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 was the first laptop to have a client for Google’s streaming service. The YouTube Music app is now coming to Wear OS 2 watches.
Update 9/28: YouTube Music is now available on the newest Snapdragon Wear 4100-powered Mobvoi TicWatch devices and the new Fossil Gen 6 line. You can install from your phone through the revamped Play Store, or by searching directly on the laptop.
To date, the app does not appear on Devices powered by Snapdragon Wear 3100. Google will expand availability by the end of 2021.
09/27 original: YouTube Music for Wear OS simply lets you download songs and playlists to your watch for listening on the go without your phone. Useful for exercise, this ability was non-existent on the platform following the depreciation of Google Play Music.
The app is mainly a long list divided into “Downloads”, “Recommended” and “Library”. The first section may include your “Offline Mix”, “Your Preferences” and “Discover Mix”. This is followed by suggested playlists, while “Settings” is located at the very bottom where you can select the number of songs stored. Once playing starts, you can swipe left to access the Now Playing controls, which allows you to like / dislike tracks.
A “Smart Downloads” feature, just like on mobile, will update what’s cached on your portable device when you’re connected to Wi-Fi and charging. Monthly subscription to YouTube Music Premium is required.
YouTube Music’s expansion to Wear OS 2 begins this week for Fossil and Michael Kors Gen 6 devices, as well as Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3, TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular / LTE, and TicWatch E3 GPS devices. The common denominator here is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 or 4100+ chipset.
Fortunately, older watches, including those using the 3100, will receive YouTube Music “later this year”.
Once your device is eligible, YouTube Music will be available for download from the Google Play Store. Find out how to get started with YouTube Music on Wear OS here.
The move to expand the availability of YouTube Music comes as the Wear OS 3 upgrade for existing devices is not expected to arrive until mid-2022. Many people would have been banned from YouTube Music without today’s ruling. It’s the right call from Google to make sure subscribers stay happy and the platform stays feature rich.
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