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Wear OS YouTube Music app is out now, but don’t get too excited

You can now use YouTube Music on Wear OS, which was released today, months after Google promised to bring the app to other platforms. There’s a big ‘but’ here though, in that it only works on Samsung smartwatches running Wear OS 3.

Alright, that doesn’t sound too bad, maybe. I mean, Samsung is one of the biggest smartwatch makers, so it must have several options. Except… it’s not.

The only Samsung smartwatches on the planet that can run YouTube Music on Wear OS haven’t even come out yet. These are the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic, which will be released on August 27. Yes, it’s tomorrow.

Hardware limitations aren’t the only limitations of the new app. The YouTube Music app for Wear OS does not allow you to stream music. The only thing you can do is download tracks to play them. Downloads are further hampered by only working when the smartwatch is on its charger.

9to5Google also note that most of your existing Wear OS devices won’t benefit from upgrading to Wear OS 3 (literally only three devices from TicWatch do), so you’re out of luck if you want to use YouTube Music on your laptop.

The YouTube Music for Wear OS app is now available on Google Play, so it’s ready for anyone who buys a Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 tomorrow.

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